Oscar Pistorius Owns 400-Meter Event Once More


Oscar Pistorius has never hidden from the fact that the 400-meter discipline is his favorite distance. While he competes in the 100m and 200m at times, the 400m is where the South African double amputee has excelled the most throughout his career. That didn’t change this summer in London. Pistorius dominated the T44 classification 400m race, winning by an astonishing three seconds, successfully defending his title from Beijing. His time of 46.68 was a new Games record and enough to beat America’s Blake Leeper who placed second.

“It was very, very special for me — it was the last event of my season, it was the last event of the London 2012 Games,” said Pistorius. "It was my 11th time I was able to come out on the track and I just wanted to end and give the crowd something they would appreciate and take home with them.”

Pistorius also took part in the men’s 4×400m relay, where he anchored the winning South African team.

Pistorius participated in a ground breaking summer in London, completing a dual-Games trip. He summed up his feelings on a historic set of Games:

“I’m so proud. This summer has been a dream come true. I couldn’t hope for anything better.”

Congratulations to Oscar on all that he has accomplished, on and off the track. His record breaking summer was truly inspirational to more than just track and field fans. At 25-years-old, the world is in for a treat, as there is plenty more magic to come from Pistorius. We can’t wait to see what is next.


John Ohail


September 12, 2012