‘A’ Game: Double Amputee Track & Field Star Oscar Pistorius Nails 400m Qualification Time, Hopeful for London Olympic Games
Oscar Pistorius knows nothing less than to bring his ‘A’ game.
While most athletes are taking the small things for granted – like having two good legs to run on – Oakley’s South African Track & Field Star, and double amputee, is too busy reaching intensely for his goal: The 2012 Olympic Games.
In a massive step toward fulfilling his dream, the South African broke through the 400m ‘A’ qualification time this past weekend at the Provincial Championships-Gauteng North (pre-South African Championships Event), finishing in 45.20 seconds. The qualification standard was 45.30.
“This is a huge moment for me and I am trying to take it all in,” Oscar said, sporting his Oakley Radar performance eyewear. "The race went well and the conditions were perfect – I could feel every step of the way that my race plan was in motion, I felt strong out there and when I crossed the line and saw the time it was such a magical moment for me.”
Our carbon fibre “blade runner” completed the stunning feat on the heels of beating the qualifying time in July – earning his spot to compete at the 2011 World Championships. He’ll become the first amputee to compete at the event.
According to Sascoc chief, Tubby Reddy, Oscar will indeed qualify if he runs the qualifying time again within three months of the games.
“I am absolutely thrilled to have run the Olympic qualification time. I am looking forward to hopefully being confirmed by Sascoc as a member of the South African Olympic team and I will do everything I can to train and prepare to the best of my ability. I would be proud to compete for my country at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
An enormous congratulations from the entire Oakley Family!