Oscar Pistorius "Blade Runner" broke world record and won third gold medal in Beijing
Double-amputee Oscar Pistorius broke his world record and took a third gold medal as he won the 400 meters at the Paralympic Games in Beijing today.
The 21-year-old South African, nicknamed ``Blade Runner'' because of his carbon-fiber prosthetic legs, finished in 47.49 seconds, taking almost half a second off the previous mark. He set a personal best time of 46.25 seconds racing against able- bodied athletes in July, though that didn't qualify as a record.
Jim Bob Bizzell of the U.S. was second today in 50.98 seconds -- setting a world record in the single-amputee category -- and Britain's Ian Jones took the bronze medal in 51.69.
``I was lucky, very lucky to run the time I did, I was hoping for a world record and this is a dream come true,'' Pistorius told reporters. ``This has been by far one of the most memorable competitions of my life. The crowd has been so passionate. It's been an amazing competition.''