Oscar Pistorius is making headlines again. He already became the first disabled athlete to compete in an Olympic Games earlier this year when ran in the 400m in London.
Oscar was born with fibular hemimelia (congenital absence of the fibula) in both his legs. When he was 11 months old both of them were amputated halfway between his knees and ankles.
Yesterday Oscar Pistorius beat a horse in Doha, Qatar in a 200 metre “run like the wind” race. He took up the challenge in a bid to promote disabled sportspeople and fight discrimination against disabled people in the region. Oscar ran on an athletics track surface and the horse (who is named Maserati) competed on a sand surface.
Oscar Pistorius started 15 metres in front of Maserati and took full advantage of it. The horse ruined its chances of winning by having a terrible start to the race. It wasn’t the first time that an athlete has competed against a horse. Jesse Owens (the 1936 Olympic medalist) and Linford Christie (a 1992 Olympic Medalist) also ran against horses. Cyclists have also challenged horses and Springbok rugby player Bryan Habana challenged a cheetah.
Pistorius’ race against the horse wasn’t about who won or lose though. It was about showing people that those with disabilities are capable of doing great things. Pistorius enjoyed the race and hopes that it will do a lot to change perceptions of disabled people in the region.
Check out the video below featuring Oscar Pistorius’ race against Maserati:
Oscar Pistorius never ceases to amaze me. He’s such an inspiration. Leave a comment on this post and let me know what your thoughts are about this race. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here.
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