Tag Archive: Oscar Pistorius

Huge Success for Junior Amputee Games

(From Enable) LimbPower held the inaugural Junior Amputee Games on 15th/16th September at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, and the lucky young participants were cheered on by their heroes Stef Reid and Gemma Collis fresh from their Paralympic success. Over the two days, 54 children aged between 6 and 18 years old were able to try a… View Article

Glorious Pistorius: Blade Runner gets 400 meter gold

By: “Gayle Falkenthal for Communities at WashingtonTimes.com” South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius provided the grand finale to a glorious 10 days of competition at the 2012 London Paralympic Games Saturday with a world record winning time in his signature event, the men’s 400 meter T44 final. It’s been a dream Games for Pistorius, the unofficial… View Article
Denis Kilcommons: Oscar Pistorius and Douglas Bader show the limbless can be human as well as superhuman

Denis Kilcommons: Oscar Pistorius and Douglas Bader show the limbless can be human as well as superhuman

by Barry Gibson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner – Sep 7 2012 IT was refreshing to discover that Paralympians are not saints. They are amazing athletes who have often overcome tremendous problems to find the motivation to compete at the highest level, but they are also human. One of the Great Britain seven-a-side football team, who furiously… View Article

…and more on Jonnie Peacock’s brilliant victory…

From The Mirror – Sport ‘Britain’s Usain Bolt’ blitzed past his rivals, including South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, to roars from the capacity crowd. Golden boy Jonnie Peacock sprinted into the history books last night when he won 100m gold. The 19-year-old – dubbed Britain’s Usain Bolt – blitzed past his rivals, including South Africa’s Oscar… View Article

Paralympics 2012: Jonnie Peacock happy to win 100m but annoyed he didn’t go faster!

By Jacquelin Magnay – Olympic Stadium Jonnie Peacock was so stunned when he crossed the finish line of the Paralympic amputee 100 metres final he looked immediately to the scoreboard for confirmation. Had he really just demolished a class field including the former world record holder Oscar Pistorius, young gun Blake Leeper and the 200m victor… View Article

Oscar Pistorius complains to officials after losing 200m Final

From CBS News Having spent years fighting for the right to race his own blades, Oscar Pistorius is now complaining about a rival’s artificial limbs after a stunning loss at the London Paralympics on Sunday. The “Blade Runner” had never been beaten over 200 meters in Paralympic competition until Brazilian sprinter Alan Oliveira came storming… View Article

After setting world record, Oscar Pistorius goes for gold in 200m..and more…

By: Laura Smith-Spark for CNN – 2/9/2012 London (CNN) — A day after setting a world record in the 200 meters qualifying heat, South African double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius goes for the gold in the event final at the London Paralympics on Sunday. He’ll face a number of capable challengers, including other top qualifiers Brazilian… View Article
Amputees inspired by Paralympic Games will be given free trials of state of the art prosthetic legs

Amputees inspired by Paralympic Games will be given free trials of state of the art prosthetic legs

A leading manufacturer of prostheses, which is providing support to athletes with amputated legs at the Games, said it hopes to help people who have never run on a prosthetic leg to get into the sport. “People who see the Paralympics and think ‘I want to try running’, this is will give them a chance… View Article
Pistorius and an Olympics full of firsts…

Pistorius and an Olympics full of firsts…

LONDON — Oscar Pistorius rocked back and forth near the start line Saturday as the public-address announcer introduced him as the Blade Runner. An Olympic Stadium camera cooperated by panning to the pair of carbon-fiber prosthetics that he wore with his track suit. Pistorius, a 400-meter runner from South Africa, soon crouched to the track… View Article
Oscar Pistorius fails in his bid to reach the 400 metre finals

Oscar Pistorius fails in his bid to reach the 400 metre finals

Inspirational double amputee, Oscar Pistorius, known as the “Blade Runner” failed in his bid to reach the 400 metre finals in the London Olympics, qualifying last in his semi-finals. His heat was won by world champion Kirani James, the 19 year old Grenadian. Luguelin Santos, the 18 year old junior world champion made the final… View Article
What if Oscar Pistorius actually won?

What if Oscar Pistorius actually won?

A thoughtful and thought-provoking article by Jim Litke for the Huff Post Sports LONDON — Oscar Pistorius is brave, articulate, polite, polished, handsome and funny. He doesn’t play the victim and never complains. Those reasons and more are why his lifelong struggles to become an Olympian are so celebrated. But what if he actually won?… View Article
IAAF change stance on Pistorius lane issue

IAAF change stance on Pistorius lane issue

John Weaver, Sapa-AFP | 01 August, 2012 08:48 South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius is free to run in any lane in the 4x400m Olympic relay, IAAF president Lamine Diack said on Tuesday, changing his previous stance on the issue. At last year’s world championships in South Korea, the IAAF said Pistorius would have to… View Article

The Blade Runner has arrived…!

Oscar Pistorius arrived in London for the Olympics on Friday feeling “a mixture of pride, happiness and anticipation” at the end of a four-year journey that went via sport’s highest court, several small athletics stadiums and countless of miles on the track. The South African sprinter will be the first double-amputee athlete to compete at… View Article
Oscar Pistorius – 1st Double Amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes in the Olympics. The debate goes on…

Oscar Pistorius – 1st Double Amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes in the Olympics. The debate goes on…

TORONTO – If you don’t know the name Oscar Pistorius, you will soon. In a few days, the South African track star — known affectionately as The Blade Runner — will be the first double-amputee to compete in the Olympic Games. Originally barred from competing at the 2008 Olympics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has… View Article
Blade Runner taking debate to new level

Blade Runner taking debate to new level

IS man-made material superior to muscle? Are those blades better than real legs? Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee runner, is taking the issue of disabled vs. able-bodied competition into new territory as he prepares for the London Olympics. His inclusion on South Africa’s team clears the way for him to become the first amputee runner to… View Article

Paralympics – Jerome Singleton set for Paralympic showdown with Oscar Pistorius

Jerome Singleton says that his 100m showdown with Oscar Pistorius will be a highlight of the London Paralympics. The American sprinter beat the South African double amputee at last year’s World Championships in New Zealand. He is now hoping to do the same again in the Paralympic final on 6 September. “It’s going to be… View Article

Double amputee Aimee Mullins responds to “but you don’t look disabled” comments

NEW YORK — People come up to Aimee Mullins (pictured) all the time and say, “you know, I have to tell you, you just don’t look disabled.” The record-setting athlete, actress and model says, “And it’s sweet because I know that they’re confused, and they’re telling me this because they know I’m missing both legs… View Article

Leg amputated at 5, but now Britain’s answer to Oscar Pistorius is… Taking it in his stride

By JONATHAN MCEVOY Jonnie Peacock, Britain’s own Blade Runner, has already shaken Oscar Pistorius’s cage. It was on a mountainside near Christchurch, New Zealand, during the Paralympic World Championships there in January. ‘Oscar saw the rust around the cable car  and he didn’t really like being on it,’ says  Peacock. ‘I was shaking the car. He… View Article
Paralympics – London 2012 Paralympic Games receives National Lottery funding boost

Paralympics – London 2012 Paralympic Games receives National Lottery funding boost

By Tom Degun December 4 – The London 2012 Paralympic Games have received a major funding boost after the National Lottery confirmed their grant of £66 million ($103 million/€77 million) for the competition as part of the overall Public Sector Funding package. As part of the public funds already agreed in the bid commitment, the… View Article
Is it fair for ‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius to run in London Olympics?

Is it fair for ‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius to run in London Olympics?

Oscar Pistorius, the South African athlete and amputee who uses carbon-fibre blades for feet, has qualified for the Olympics, but other runners accuse him of an unfair advantage Oscar Pistorius rose slowly from the starting blocks, like a middle-aged man with a dodgy back getting out of an armchair. As the athletes rounded the first… View Article

London 2012 Olympics: Oscar Pistorius Qualifies for World Championships and London Games

From: The Telegraph South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius qualified for next month’s world championships by smashing his 400 metres personal best by half a second in Lignano, Italy on Tuesday. Pistorius, known as the ‘Blade Runner’ because he runs with carbon fibre prosthetic running blades, clocked 45.07 seconds to record a time inside both… View Article

He’s done it! Oscar Pistorius qualifies for Athletics World Championships-a step nearer to 2012 Olympics

From CBS News Double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius qualified for the athletics world championships, running his best-ever time in the 400 meters Tuesday in his last race before the cutoff date. The South African — nicknamed “Blade Runner” — also moved a step closer to fulfilling his dream of competing in the 2012 Olympics after… View Article
Paralympics-Damian Lopez Alfonso & Oscar Pistorius: Athletes of All Abilities

Paralympics-Damian Lopez Alfonso & Oscar Pistorius: Athletes of All Abilities

Nearly one in seven people is disabled, according to a new international survey from the World Health Organization and the World Bank — and today, more and more individuals with disabilities — physical, intellectual and others — are doing things that would not have been thought possible in previous generations. Damain Lopez Alfonso is a talented cyclist… View Article
Double-amputee sets his sights on worlds

Double-amputee sets his sights on worlds

As track and field’s Diamond League crosses into the United States, the focus shifts from Usain Bolt to a pair of intriguing South African runners. Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee Paralympic champion, and Caster Semenya, scrutinized in a gender-testing controversy in 2009 and 2010, headline the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday (2:30-4 p.m., NBC)…. View Article

Paralympics-UK amputee schoolgirl Danielle Bradshaw eyes 2016 Rio Paralympic Games

An amputee who was encouraged by a Paralympic star to fulfil her dreams of running again finally got to meet her hero. Danielle Bradshaw, 12, who had her damaged leg amputated last year set her sights on competing at the Rio Games in 2016 after hearing about Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius. The schoolgirl met the… View Article
Paralympics-Oscar Pistorius runs fastest tournament time for 400m

Paralympics-Oscar Pistorius runs fastest tournament time for 400m

Sprinter Oscar Pistorius ran his fastest time in a new BT Paralympic World Cup 400m record time at the Manchester Regional Athletics track at Sport City. Fast, but not fast enough for his Olympic and Paralympic dual dream next year. By Gareth A Davies Rain on Thursday night was replaced by strong gusts on Friday,… View Article
Paralympics-Fastest man on no legs eyes Olympic glory. Yes! It’s Oscar Pistorius again!

Paralympics-Fastest man on no legs eyes Olympic glory. Yes! It’s Oscar Pistorius again!

In 2012 blade runner Oscar Pistorius aims to make history by becoming the first disabled athlete to compete in both Olympic and Paralympic Games. Keme Nzerem went to meet him. With a clutch of gold medals to his name South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is known as the blade runner. Oscar Pistorius was born 24… View Article
Paralympics-Men add Bronze to GB Medal Tally at BT Paralympic World Cup

Paralympics-Men add Bronze to GB Medal Tally at BT Paralympic World Cup

The GB men’s Wheelchair Basketball team secured the bronze medal at the BT Paralympic World Cup, defeating Brazil by 63-43. The home team started out slowly and trailed throughout the first quarter. But they came out fighting in the second quarter and took the lead in the first two minutes. Terry Bywater had a great… View Article

Paralympics-‘Blade Runner’ Sprints Closer To Olympic Dream

The South African ‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius is hoping to sprint his way closer to achieving his Olympic dream when he competes in Manchester today. The double leg amputee is taking part in the BT Paralympic World Cup, an event in which he is unbeaten since it began in 2005. But it is the Olympic… View Article

Paralympics-Oscar Pistorius aims to take his inspiring tale to Olympian heights

The South African, known as the ‘Blade Runner’, is hoping to educate people about disability while continuing his journey to the London 2012 Games A lean and sculpted Oscar Pistorius politely pushes aside a breakfast basket piled high with croissants and pastries. He stretches out his legs for the day and gazes at the London… View Article

Paralympics-Blade Runner’s Olympic dreams

South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius is preparing for London 2012 with hopes to compete in the main 2012 games as well as the Paralympics. Consistently clocking times below the “A” standard is the goal for Pistorius as he eyes up qualification for next year’s London Olympics. The 24-year-old, who has four Paralympic titles to his… View Article

Paralympics-Inspiring Paralympic athletes speak of their 2012 fever

As British Paralympic stars compete in the World Cup, one basketball player, who is an amputee, tells Channel 4 News why life is “easier” for him than soldiers who have lost their legs in war zones. More than 240 athletes from 34 countries are competing in this week’s BT Paralympic World Cup, including “blade-runner” Oscar… View Article
Paralympics-Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius visits Olympic Stadium

Paralympics-Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius visits Olympic Stadium

Paralympic gold medallist and world-record holder Oscar Pistorius today visited the Olympic Stadium to see for himself where he may be competing in under 500 days time. Oscar Pistorius, a BT Ambassador, was given a tour of the Olympic Stadium ahead of his appearance at the BT Paralympic World Cup which starts today. Oscar Pistorius,… View Article

Paralympics-Oscar Pistorius insists World Championship qualifying time is now just weeks away

By: Gareth A Davies Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee sprinter, is convinced he will achieve the International Association of Athletics Federation’s crucial 400 metres qualifying time for the World Championships within a month. Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee sprinter, is convinced he will achieve the International Association of Athletics Federation’s crucial 400 metres qualifying time for… View Article
Paralympics-Mixed Fortunes for GB Team’s on first day of BT Paralympic World Cup

Paralympics-Mixed Fortunes for GB Team’s on first day of BT Paralympic World Cup

The GB women got their 2011 BT Paralympic World Cup off to a fantastic start with victory over Canada but GB men had a frustrating opener with defeat at the hands of France. The women had a storming opening game with a 47-43 win over Canada; an important result against a team seeded three places… View Article
Paralympics-Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game Launches 2011 BT Paralympic World Cup

Paralympics-Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game Launches 2011 BT Paralympic World Cup

The seventh annual BT Paralympic World Cup was launched today as members of the GB Wheelchair Basketball men’s and women’s teams took over the Manchester Arndale Centre to stage a celebrity demonstration event. Over the coming week, 23-28 May, some of the world’s best elite Paralympic athletes will descend on Manchester for the BT Paralympic… View Article

Paralympics-Oscar Pistorius has one aim in life – to be the fastest man on Earth

By Kevin McCallum 12:08PM BST 22 May 2011 Oscar Pistorius opens the sliding doors of a room in his house in the east of Pretoria, whistles and all hell breaks loose. Pistorius has shown that while two legs may be good, no legs are better for him. Yet in his house, four legs rule the… View Article
Paralympics-6 of Great Britain’s most inspiring athletes tell us why… There’s no limit

Paralympics-6 of Great Britain’s most inspiring athletes tell us why… There’s no limit

The BT Paralympic World Cup begins in Manchester on Monday with 300 dedicated athletes from 31 countries competing in the largest annual international multi-sport competition in elite disability sport. Most of those athletes have an inspiring and uplifting story to tell. Here Sportsmail catches up with six of them before the action kicks off… LOUISE… View Article
Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius to be subject of Broadway Artist

Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius to be subject of Broadway Artist

AN ICONIC Paralympian known as the blade runner is set to feature in the latest masterpiece by Broadway artist Jeremy Houghton. The Olympic artist decided to paint Oscar Pistorius after meeting before the forthcoming BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester. The South African double amputee is the world’s top Paralympics’ athlete and will be taking… View Article

Paralympic World Cup – Opportunity to take part in Wheelchair Basketball Shootout

(…and you’ll find the answer – if you don’t already know it! – in the pages of this Website!) The Manchester Evening News has teamed up with The BT Paralympic World Cup to give two lucky readers the opportunity to take part in a Wheelchair Basketball shootout with T4 presenter Rick Edwards on Friday 20… View Article

Food for thought…Artificial-Limb Envy?

About Idea of the Day “Idea of the Day” is a blog by Tom Kuntz and other editors of the Week in Review highlighting the most interesting writing we’ve come across lately on the Web. We’re generalists, so consider this a thinking person’s grazing buffet.Today’s idea: Technology and the marketplace have transformed the artificial limb from… View Article
PISTORIUS POSITIVE AFTER YEAR TO FORGET

PISTORIUS POSITIVE AFTER YEAR TO FORGET

By Matt McGeehan, Press Association Sport Fate conspired against ‘the fastest man with no legs’ this year, with a near-fatal boat crash and a spell behind bars book-ending a summer that fell short of expectations. Double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius, a four-time Paralympic champion, had a prolonged battle with the International Amateur Athletics Federation over… View Article

Prosthetics don't give sprinters an unfair advantage, research suggests

Carbon-fibre blades like those worn by sprinter Oscar Pistorius do not give an edge over able-bodied athletes Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, who wears carbon-fibre blades, lost his bid to compete against able-bodied athletes at the Beijing Olympics. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images Prosthetics worn by disabled sprinters confer no speed advantage, scientists have found. If anything,… View Article

Paralympic Talent Search Comes To London

Are you disabled? Are you sporty? If so, do you fancy a go at seeing if you’ve got what it takes to compete internationally and bring home the medals in 3 Years Time? ParalympicsGB, the UK’s team that will represent us at the Paralympic Games in London 2012, is currently scouting for talent. It’s 3… View Article

Marine: 'I still feel my feet. I still think I've got my legs'

Royal Marine Peter Dunning, who lost both legs when his army vehicle was blown up in Helmand province last year, talks about his experience of soldiering – and soldiering on Peter Dunning lives with his parents in Wallasey on the Wirral, in one of those cinematic streets that dip steeply down to the docks. At… View Article

Singapore's own "Blade Runner"

By: Janice Tai Sportsman Md Shariff Abdullah takes marathon races in his stride, beating many others. What sets him apart is his prosthetic left leg. Furthermore, he is poised to be Singapore’s first blade runner, just like South African Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius, once he gets a special prosthetic leg designed for running. He has… View Article
Singapore's Own Blade Runner

Singapore's Own Blade Runner

By: Janice Tai Sportsman Md Shariff Abdullah takes marathon races in his stride, beating many others. What sets him apart is his prosthetic left leg. Furthermore, he is poised to be Singapore’s first blade runner, just like South African Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius, once he gets a special prosthetic leg designed for running. He has… View Article
Oscar Pistorius-Previously confidential study results released

Oscar Pistorius-Previously confidential study results released

Critical new data disclosed Dallas, TX (June 29, 2009) A team of experts in biomechanics and physiology that conducted experiments on Oscar Pistorius, the South African bilateral amputee track athlete, have just published their findings in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Some of their previously confidential findings were presented to the Court of Arbitration for… View Article
Oscar Pistorius: Previously confidential study results released

Oscar Pistorius: Previously confidential study results released

Critical new data disclosed Dallas, TX (June 29, 2009) — A team of experts in biomechanics and physiology that conducted experiments on Oscar Pistorius, the South African bilateral amputee track athlete, have just published their findings in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Some of their previously confidential findings were presented to the Court of Arbitration… View Article
Oscar Pistorius relishing return to action in BT Paralympic World Cup

Oscar Pistorius relishing return to action in BT Paralympic World Cup

The Paralympic World Cup, sponsored by BT until 2012, takes place over the next six days in Manchester, with more than 400 athletes from 40 countries competing in their first elite international test since the Paralympic Games in Beijing. By Gareth A Davies Triple Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius and respectively, cycling, swimming and wheelchair basketball… View Article
Amputee, 5, Challenges Oscar "Blade Runner" Pistorius

Amputee, 5, Challenges Oscar "Blade Runner" Pistorius

Amputee, 5, is already a world beater on her bionic blades By Tamara Cohen Last updated at 7:29 AM on 19th May 2009 He has been called the fastest man on no legs. But Oscar ‘Blade Runner’ Pistorius got a run for his money when five-year-old Ellie Challis challenged him to a race on their… View Article