Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee South African runner nicknamed ‘Blade Runner,’ is one race away from making history by qualifying for the Olympics.
To clinch a spot on the South African team, Pistorius must run the 400 meters in 45.30 seconds or better one more time before June 30. He will get that chance on June 9 at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York City.
A four-time Paralympic gold medal winner, Pistorius earned his nickname for the carbon-fiber blades he attaches to his amputated legs. If he can post a third Olympic ‘A’ qualifying time, Pistorius would be the first amputee track and field runner to qualify for the summer games.
“I’ve been preparing for the Olympics for five years and I missed Beijing by a quarter of a second, so that is something I really want to achieve,” he told the BBC this week.
Pistorius is competing at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, England, this week and also plans to run at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., on June 2, giving him several chances to crack the qualifying mark.