Monday, August 6, 2012

Oscar Pistorius and Kirani James exchange name plates after race

In what has to be one of the most touching moments of the 2012 Olympics, Oscar Pistorius— who just finished last in his men's 400-meters heat and would not advance to the finals— was approached by the  winner Kirani James and the two exchanges name plates after the race.

Pistorius— who made history by becoming the first double-amputee to compete in an Olympics— was such an inspiration to his Grenadian competitor, that James asked to make the exchange of the bibs after the heat.

"He's an inspiration for all of us," James said.  "He's very special to our sport."

A great complement from a great competitor.

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The Blade Runner, as Pistorius is called, runs on two carbon-fiber prosthetic legs and has been an inspiration to many long before he made the South Africa track and field Olympic team.



The Olympics ares still not over for the 25-year old Pistorius.  He will compete in the 4 x 400 relay on Thursday and the South African team has a good chance to medal.


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