Paralympic Games 2012: Oscar Pistorius proves ‘doubters’ wrong by setting world-record in 200m heats
London: South-African double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius proved everyone wrong after he created a world record after running in the T44 200m heats at the London Paralympic Games 2012.
Pistorius, also known as the ‘Blade Runner’, clocked 21.30 seconds to win the race effortlessly.
“Everybody was saying, ``how can you peak for both (the Olympics and Paralympics)? I`ve proved everybody wrong, running a world record. If there were people that doubted by goals then go and look at the clock, it says 21.30,” the Telegraph quoted Pistorius, as saying.
“I couldn`t have hoped for a better return here. I didn`t expect to run a time like this. I`ve run my fastest time and I eased off about 20 metres from the end because I knew I was comfortable and I wanted to conserve energy for the final,” he added.
Pistorius, 25, who became the first amputee sprinter to compete in an Olympics after he won a legal battle with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) over his blades, also suggested that some athletes were making themselves taller by using as long blades as possible.
“The rules allow the guys to make themselves a lot longer, longer than they would have been. I don`t know what`s happening there. It is difficult, you saw Blake Leeper overtaking. He was five metres behind Arnu Fourie, he finished three metres ahead of him,” Pistorius said.
“Don`t take away from his performance, I think he`s a great athlete, but it`s very clear that the guys have got very long strides,” he added.
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