Don’t act like that, keep it 100!!!
Double-Amputee Oscar Pistorius Makes Olympic History Advancing To 400 Meter Semifinals
With the crowd at Olympic Stadium cheering him on, Oscar Pistorius crouched in the starting blocks Saturday and couldn’t help but smile.
“The experience to be here is a dream come true,” said the South African sprinter. “I’ve worked for six years to try and make the 400 standard, and to come out today is just an unbelievable experience.”
Running on a pair of prosthetic legs, Pistorius became the first amputee to compete in an Olympic race and was a crowd favorite from the moment he stepped onto the track Saturday morning. While he knew gold in the 400-meter here wasn’t likely, he still wasn’t content to simply show up in London.
“It’s one thing being here and another thing performing here… My goal was to make the semifinal tomorrow,” he said.
And he did that, finishing second in his qualifying heat Saturday. Pistorius had no problem advancing, finishing in 45.44 seconds, his second-best mark of the year. The semifinals will take place on Sunday.
“It’s very difficult to separate the occasion from the race. …Just being here is a tremendous experience,” he said. “You draw enough from the crowd and the occasion.”
Pistorius is known as the Blade Runner because he wears blade-shaped prosthetics. He has competed in the Paralympics but fought for years to be included in the Olympics. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the blades do not give him an advantage over other runners.
Ladies, clearly Oscar is successful, in good shape, and probably has a couple dollars, but what we want to know is…would you hit that??
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