Oscar Pistorius sets world record at 2012 Paralympics

Oscar Pistorius sets world record at 2012 Paralympics

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.