Oscar Pistorius, who inspired the world at this year’s summer Olympic Games, is off to a good start at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, setting a new world record Saturday in his 200m heat.
The 25-year-old South African, who competed in the 400m and 4x400m relay at the London Olympic Games, won his heat in 21.30 seconds, shaving more than half a second off the previous record set by Brazilian Alan Oliveira in an earlier heat.
“I’m so happy to be back here. This crowd is as awesome as they were a couple of weeks ago. I’m happy with the time and tomorrow is the big race and I am looking forward to that,” he said, according to Reuters.
The Paralympics 200m defending champion told BBC he didn’t “expect a world record” but said he hopes to “go lower” at the finals on Sunday.
I love this from Metro in the UK: “Pistorius transcends sport, he’s in the vanguard of a movement helping
to transform attitudes towards disabilities which will hopefully last
for as long as we remember these Paralympics. [snip] Charming, erudite, classy, successful,
hard-working, forthright. Oscar Pistorius is an all-round thoroughly
decent chap who also just happens to be one of the world’s top
sportsmen. He deserves more than a gold medal but that will do for the moment.“