Oscar Pistorius aiming for Olympic and Paralympic joy
OSCAR Pistorius revealed he remains 100 per cent committed to the Paralympics despite his aim to make history by also competing at this summer’s Olympic Games in London.
The 25-year-old South African is a double-amputee sprinter who runs on carbon fibre prosthetic blades and is the current Paralympic champion in T44 100m, 200m and 400m.
“I really believe we live in a time where the Paralympic movement has come such a long way and I will be really happy to be part of the movement,” said Pistorius.
“It is so far past the point of just being inspirational.
“It is not about an athlete doing well for someone who is disabled - they have done well full-stop, and I think that is what is awesome about it.
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“The level of competition and performance has been raised to such a point that it is seen as professional, hardcore sport.
“That is where we have needed it to be and where it finally is for the first time. I am unbelievably excited to have a Paralympic Games like that.”
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Pistorius posted an Olympic ‘A’ qualifying standard time last year and represented his country at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu in the 400m and 4x400m relay, collecting a silver medal in the latter event.
He has since run the ‘A’ standard again but it looks as though he will be required to meet the qualifying time one more time before the end of June to be eligible for the individual 400m.
“I don’t think it (the Olympics) will define my year,” said Pistorius.
“I am looking forward to the Paralympic Games.
“Hopefully I will obtain the chance to run in London later in the year in both of the Games.”
The Paralympic World Cup runs from today until Saturday in Manchester, featuring athletics, wheelchair basketball, seven-a-side football and boccia.