Do you know who Oscar Pistorius is?? If you do not know who he is you will by the end of the 2012 summer. On Flightunit we love profiling success stories and this is most definitely a special one. You see Oscar Pistorius will go down in the history books, he is the first amputee to run in both the Olympic and Paralympic games. Oscar, commonly known as the blade runner is a testament of hard work and determination. Oscar, who is a 25 years old man has no legs was able to run the 400 meter race in an astonishing time of 45.07, this is currently the paralympic world record.
This summer when the gun goes off to start the world championship 400 meter race in London Oscar will be representing South Africa within the Olympics. The world record for the 400 meter race is currently held by Michael Johnson with a time of 43.18, a time that has remained intact since 1999.
For Oscar this is a dream come true, he has always dreamed of competing within the Olympic and now his dream has come reality. Initially the IAAF banned him from being considered at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, arguing that his legs gave him an unfair advantage. Pistorius appealed the decision, and further research determined the prosthetic blades may offer an advantage in certain parts of a race, mostly when running straight ahead, but hinder him at other times, particularly at the start or when rounding corners. Pistorius won the appeal, and has argued his legs are just legs. On behalf of Flightunit we would like to wish Oscar good luck in this year’s Olympics!!