Pic courtesy of Inside the Games.
I’d say the “Luck of the Irish” was with everyone’s favorite South African sprinter this St. Patrick’s Day, but we all know that luck had nothing to do with it. On March 17th, Oscar Pistorius ran the 400m in 45.20 seconds at the Provincial Championships for Gauteng North in South Africa. This time was easily below the 45.30 time needed to qualify for the Olympics. Between this and the personal best time of 45.07 he ran in Italy last year, Oscar’s Olympic dreams are almost ready to blossom into reality. He needs to clock in under the 45.30 time just once more at an international meet in order to meet South Africa’s qualification requirements. With this year’s track season just now getting under way, things are looking great. It is now highly likely that the double-amputee will race both in the individual 400m race and the 4 x 400m relay at this year’s Olympic Games in London. Barring some unforeseen disaster, he will compete in the 100m, 200m, and 400m events at the Paralympic Games as a T44 classification.
Always the class act, Pistorius took the time to thank his teammates after his latest achievement:
“I am looking forward to hopefully being confirmed by SASCOC (South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee) as a member of the South African Olympic team and I will do everything I can to train and prepare to the best of my ability and I would be proud to compete for my country at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“On behalf of all the team behind me, thank you so much for your continued support.”
Congrats, Oscar. We can’t wait to watch you burn past yet another barrier for athletes with disabilities.