Pistorius Competes in World Championships
Palmiero-Winters Finishes 2011 Badwater Ultramarathon

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Pistorius Competes in World Championships

Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius is the first amputee athlete to compete at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Athletics. Now in its 13th year, the event began August 27 and continues through September 4, in Daegu, Korea.

The 24-year-old is part of a group of 26 athletes picked by Athletics South Africa after he smashed his personal best recorded time at a meet on July 19, in Lignano, Italy. He needed to run the 400-meter event in 45.25 seconds to make this year’s World Championships. Pistorius clocked 45.07 seconds, which qualified him for the World Championships and the 2012 London Olympics; he had never run the 400-meter event faster than 45.61 seconds.

Pistorius is South Africa’s only runner in the 400m, and was also chosen for the 4x400m relay.

His road to the World Championships, and possibly the Olympics, included fighting a ban by the IAAF after it ruled his carbon-fiber blades, which have earned him the nickname “Blade Runner,” gave him an unfair advantage. Pistorius took his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and won the right to compete against able-bodied athletes in 2008. However, he didn’t qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“I have dreamt for such a long time of competing in a major championships, and this is a very proud moment in my life,” Pistorius said.”

Editor’s note: The 13th IAAF World Championships is under way as we go to press. Check oandp.com for updates on Pistorius’ results.

Palmiero-Winters Finishes 2011 Badwater Ultramarathon

In the early hours of the morning of July 13, amputee runner Amy Palmiero-Winters became the first female amputee to finish the Badwater Ultramarathon.

Often called the “world’s toughest foot race,” Badwater is a 135-mile nonstop run with a 48-hour time limit, from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, California, where temperatures often rise to 130-degrees Fahrenheit. This was Palmiero-Winters’ second time running Badwater; a 2010 attempt ended in injury as the bone in her residual limb broke through the skin inside her prosthesis. Frequently, runners who do not finish the Badwater Ultramarathon are not afforded another chance in favor of new runners wanting to attempt this invitational race.

Palmiero-Winters completed the 2011 ultramarathon with a time of 41:26:42.

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