Battle of the Blade Runners 2012

Yes, I know this is old news, but I continued reading about the Paralympics through yesterday.  You know I’ve been following Oscar Pistorius1, the first “Blade Runner”.  After running in the Olympics, he ran in the Paralympics.

South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, above left, came in fourth in the 100m final at the Paralympics after, from left, his countryman Arnu Fourie, American Richard Browne and Briton Jonnie Peacock, who took the gold.

Oscar Pistorius was defeated in the 200m by Brazilian Alan Oliveira (who had longer blades).

Oscar Pistorius won gold in the T44 400 metres with a time of 46.68 seconds, breaking the Paralympic record.

 JIM WHITE’S CHOICE – THE OSCAR PISTORIUS EFFECT

 My favourite Paralympic moment did not involve any competitors. The glories of Sophie Christiansen, Sarah Storey and Jonnie Peacock notwithstanding, it happened as I came out of the stadium after enjoying an evening of Paralympic athletics.

 The night had concluded with Oscar Pistorius cruising to victory in the 400 metres heats, cheered to the line by 80,000 giddily enthusiastic spectators.

 Confronting me as I left was a sight that will live with me for some time. A young lad of about nine was dashing around showing off his pace to his parents, his siblings and anyone who was pacing. He was quick too. Very quick given that in place of a right leg he was wearing a blade.

 If ever there was indication of the inspirational possibilities of sport, there it was. Imagine what a lift to that young man’s self-confidence has been induced by watching Pistorius’s feats.

 Instead of being conscious of his disability, the boy will have been encouraged to believe that he can compete equally with the two-legged lads in the playground.

 The very fact the youngster was wearing a blade rather than a flesh-like prosthesis for a big night in the stadium was indicative of what the South African has done: he has made a blade cool.2

Interested, I continued reading about the Paralympics.  (I have no working television, but I understand that very little of the Paralympics was shown in the US.)

Britain’s David Weir became the greatest wheelchair racer of all time.

USA archer with no arms, Matt Stutzman, won silver at the Paralympics.

Mexican swimmer Juan Reyes has no arms and only one leg so uses his incredible abdominal muscles to push himself across the pool.  He won his fourth Paralympic gold in succession in men’s S4 50m backstroke.

Our country ranked poorly in metals.  China was way above the competition.  Britain did well as the host country.  So we took fourth place in total metals, behind our old rival, Russia, but also got beaten in the Golds by Australia, and Ukraine (Ukraine!?!)  Considering how many of our Vets have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with missing limbs, you’d think we’d spend more time and money working with our disabled.

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

China

95

71

65

231

Great Britain

34

43

43

120

Russia

36

38

28

102

United States

31

29

38

98

Australia

32

23

30

85

Ukraine

32

24

28

84

1https://notesfromthewest.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/the-ovens-a-dry-heat-too-%E2%80%8F/
and https://notesfromthewest.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/the-future-is-already-here/

2http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/picturegalleries/9532109/Paralympics-2012-Magic-Moments.html?frame=2334099

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One Response to “Battle of the Blade Runners 2012”

  1. Mitch Says:

    Lynne, I just LOVE reading your posts. Every time I learn something, and for a self professed know it all, I love it. xo Mitch

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