Proud Olympic Moment For My Country, South Africa..'The Blade Runner'
This was a very proud moment for my home country South Africa..My boy Oscar Pistorius, nicknamed the 'Blade Runner'..made history by becoming the first double amputee to compete in an Olympic Games when he ran in the 400 meter heat.
Pistorius, a four-time Paralympic champion who runs on carbon-fiber blades, circled the oval in 45.44 seconds - good enough for second place in his heat and a berth in the semifinals Sunday night.
Although it was not his personal best, Pistorius said after the race: 'On the blocks I didn't know whether to cry or be happy.'
The 25-year-old runner was born without fibulas and his legs were amputated below the knee before he was a year old.
'I know Oscar was the protagonist in the race,' said Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic, who actually won the heat by .4 but went virtually unnoticed. 'But I love him. He's a good racer.'
When asked his about his success, he paid tribute to his coach and his team saying: 'It just means my coach has done a great job. We have been together for 9 years.