The Blade Runner: Oscar Pistorius Makes Olympic History, Advances to 400m Semifinals

The Blade Runner: Oscar Pistorius Makes Olympic History, Advances to 400m Semifinals

Oscar Pistorius of South Africa made history on Saturday morning, becoming the first double-amputee runner to compete in the Olympics when he lined up for a first-round heat in the men’s 400 meters at London’s Olympic Stadium. The crowd saluted Pistorius with roars of encouragement; he sprinted to a second place finish in his heat in 45.46 seconds, a season-best time, and advanced to Sunday’s semifinals.

Pistorius reached the finish line after six lomg years of yearning to achieve a qualifying time and five years of scientific and legal arguments about whether his prosthetic legs gave him an unfair advantage over sprinters using their natural legs.

Read more about the amazing achievements of Oscar Pistorius in the New York Times here.

Oscar Pistorius Makes Olympic History, Advances to 400m Semifinals

The Blade Runner: South Africa’s Amazing Oscar Pistorius

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Michael Phelps Makes History, Wins Record 19th Olympic Medal

Michael Phelps Makes History, Wins Record 19th Olympic Medal

Four years after he climbed to the top of Olympic achievement at the 2008 Beijing Games, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time when he won a record 19th Olympic medal at the London Games on Tuesday.

With help from his American relay teammates, Phelps won his first gold medal in London in the 800-meter freestyle. His teammates threw their arms around him, as the crowd at London’s Aquatic Centre rose to their feet to witness the coronation of the Olympic king.

The record Phelps broke was held by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who won the last of her 18 Olympic medal at Tokyo in 1964. Until Phelps arrived at Olympic competition, no one had come close to breaking her record in almost half a century. Now the torch has been passed to the 27-year-old Michael Phelps from Baltimore.

Read more about Phelp’s achievement in the New York Times here.

Michael Phelps earns Record 19th Medal at London’s 2012 Olympics

Michael Phelps’ 19th Medal Ceremony at London’s 2012 Olympics

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