Blade Runner makes Olympic History
Super Saturday was not just a day of medals, but one of historic significance as South African, Oscar Pistorius, otherwise known as the blade runner, became the first double amputee to compete in an Olympic Games when he ran in the 400 metre heat this morning.
The four time para-Olympic champion was able to run alongside the athletes using his carbon-fiber blades, to finish second place with a time of 45.44 seconds.
Fighting back criticisms of holding an unfair advantage due to the blades, Pistorius said, “People say I must have an advantage because my legs are lighter. But I’ve got less blood running through them and don’t have the tendons in my ankles. People don’t talk about that.”