Oscar Pistorius, the 24 year old from South Africa, is no stranger to gold medals having won 4 in the Paralympics but he’s raised the bar this year to become the first ever double amputee sprinter to participate in the Olympics.
Pistorious, affectionatly called the “fastest man on no legs,” runs on a type of prosthetic leg known as he Flex-Foot Cheetah. Pistorious underwent the amputation at the age of 11 months and has been using prosthetics since he was 17 months old but he didn’t start running track until the age of 16 while taking time off from rugby. By 2004 Pistorious was competing in the Paralympic Games where he broke the world record in T44-200 meter race. The Olympic hopeful came in second in his heat today allowing him to head to the semi-finals held tomorrow and hopefully on to Monday’s finals for a chance to win the medal.