South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius competes in the 400-meter semifinals heat during the athletics competition in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
he Blade Runner didn’t advance to the 400-meter finals on Sunday night. That isn’t stopping him from inspiring the rest of the field.
South African Oscar Pistorius finished last in his semifinal heat of the 400 meters on Sunday night. Unless South Africa chooses him for the 4x400 relay, his run at the London Games is over.
That he’s even running at all is amazing enough. Pistorius runs on carbon fiber blades after being born without fibulas.
Grenada’s Kirani James won the heat, then took his name plate off and exchanged it with Pistorius.
“He’s an inspiration for all of us,” James says. “He’s very special to our sport.”