Blade Runner makes SA proud

2012-08-06 14:06
Oscar Pistorius (Gallo Images)

SA's blade runner, Oscar Pistorius making history by becoming the first double-amputee to make it to an able-bodied Olympics.

Cape Town - Sport24 readers have been moved by Oscar Pistorius' inspirational journey to become the first amputee to compete at an able-bodied Olympics.

GALLERY: Pistorius at the Olympics

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Despite the disappointment of Pistorius' failure to reach the final of the 400 metres, South African fans were positive about the odds that he had to overcome to even reach the Olympics in the first place.

Pistorius will still feature in the men's 4x400m race, where he will still hope to earn a medal for South Africa.

This is what Sport24 readers had to say about Pistorius after he came last in the semi-final of the men's 400m:

"The Blade-runner is an inspiration to us all!" - CurrieMafia

"A world first! What an ambassador for keep going young man, we are all behind you...and best of luck with the 4x400!" - Michaele Blignaut

"Oscar Pistorius is unbelievable. Against all odds he has run the Olympics. The result is not the issue. So he came last: he has achieved what millions can only dream of. Well done you are a world hero, let alone a national hero." - Eddie Deepfield

"Every time I see him I cry tears of joy. This young man has inspired the world. Thank you for this, and for the way my Grandchildren look up to you. They now know, that anything is possible, if you try hard enough. You are our Hero." - Alicia Myburgh

"For me this was not about Olympics only but about changing people's attitudes towards disabled persons and also changing the mindset of some of the disabled people themselves. If you believe you have what it takes to change yourself, nothing will stop you irrespective of the situation at the time. Well done!" - Patrick Motaung

"James's swopping of the bibs after the race was awsome! I agree - Oscar's determination is an inspiration for everyone who thinks life owes him something. Huge respect for getting to the semi's - with or without blades - and even more respect for the person you are." - PB

"The first amputee to compete in track at the Olympics left competitors and a world audience watching in awe as he stood at the start line and competed amongst the top 20 of the world's 400m athletes."
- Keighleyann.bell

"He is the fastest 400m runner in South Africa, and by coming second in his heat at the Olympics, he qualified for the semi-final - that puts him into the top half of all of the 400m runners who competed at the Olympics."
- Terry Burne

"You might not have the gold around your neck, but you have gold in your heart!" - Hanli.dedekindmostert

"I had tears in my ears when he bowed to the cheering crowds. We're all so proud of you Oscar, you inspire us to be great!"
- Iskhosana3

"Look up INSPIRATION in the English Dictionary and you will read: '
...see OSCAR'. "

"You deserve a platinum medal for courage. Well done boy!"
- Kalawa Sledgehammer

"Spine-tingling stuff!"
- pmsdude

The spirit of the Olympic flame burns inside Pistorius. (AP Photo)

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