Oscar Pistorius


Nicknamed the Blade Runner, Oscar Pistorius is the
world's fastest man with no legs. He is the doubleamputee
world-record holder in the 100m, 200m and
400m, running with the aid of artifi cial carbon-fi bre limbs.
A fi erce competitor who knows no bounds, Pistorius
even races against able-bodied athletes � and wins. But
the South African has had a rough time in his efforts to
compete. In 2007 he took the International Association of
Athletics Federations to court after they banned him from
running, claiming that his prostheses gave him an unfair
advantage over able-bodied athletes. He won the widely
publicised legal battle and was able to compete for a place
in the South African team for the Beijing Olympics.
Although he didn't make the team, his victory was
signifi cant in that he had shown the world that disability
does not mean inability. He took part in the 2008
Paralympic Games and scooped gold medals in the 100m,
200m and 400m. � Phathisani Moyo

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