Olympics 2012

Pistorius is an 'inspiration'

2012-08-06 07:49
Oscar Pistorius (Gallo)

London - Double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius failed to reach the Olympic final of the 400 meters, following a bad start with a slow race and finishing last in his semifinal heat on Sunday night.

GALLERY: Pistorius at the Olympics

The first amputee to compete in track at the Olympics never stood a chance after his slow start and finished the race on his fiber carbon blades in 46.54 seconds, .95 of a second behind winner Kirani James of Grenada.

Still, world champion Kirani James immediately walked over to Pistorius after the race and asked to trade name bibs, to keep as a souvenir. The pair shook hands and hugged.

"He's an inspiration for all of us," James said. "He's very special to our sport. He's a great individual - it's time we see him like that and not anything else."

Pistorius is still expected to run the 4x400 relays, which start on Thursday. Last year, Pistorius and South Africa won the silver at the world championships.

Pistorius had to fight all the way just to be able to compete at the London Games, taking his case to court to force his way into the most elite open competition. Just finishing in the top 16 at the Olympics was impressive.

"For him to make it to the semifinals and continue to push, I would like to tell him to keep his head up and don't get discouraged," said Chris Brown, a former world indoors champion, who finished second in Pistorius' heat and advanced to the final. "He had more pressure on him than anyone else, so I give him credit for coming out and performing under difficult conditions."

Read more on:    olympics 2012  |  oscar pistorius  |  athletics
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Chad on target with 7 medals

2014-07-29 22:30

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
20 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @
    04:00
  • SS4
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @
    05:00
  • SS5
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @
    05:59
  • SS7
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @
    06:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.