SPOILER ALERT: Oscar Pistorius made history today at the London Olympics. History that it’s hard to believe will ever be duplicated.
The South African sprinter, who was born without fibulas and had hid legs amputated below the knee at 11 months old, qualified for the 400 meter semifinals today with a season-best time of 45.44 seconds.
Known as The Blade Runner, Pistorius became the first amputee to ever compete in Olympic track.
“I’ve worked for six years … to get my chance,” said the 25-year old, who will run again tomorrow night. “I found myself smiling in the starting block. Which is very rare in the 400 meters.”
It took many years for Pistorius to receive permission to compete here.
Many doctors and experts believe his prosthesis actually give him an advantage because they enable him to do less work as he runs.
But many hearings later and Pistorius was given his chance. As you can see, he’s making the most of it.