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Oscar Pistorius to race horse

Pistorius aims to end memorable 2012 with another win… but this time he's racing a horse!

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UPDATED:

13:37 GMT, 12 December 2012

Oscar Pistorius made history at London 2012 when he became the first double amputee to compete at the Olympic Games before claiming two gold medals at the Paralympics.

But just when you thought the South African’s trail blazing antics were done, the 26-year-old sprinter has given himself one final challenge to see out an incredible 2012.

Not content with defeating athletes on two legs, Pistorius has raised the bar again by doubling his troubles in taking on an Arabian horse!

Blade runner: Pistorius won two gold medals at London 2012

Blade runner: Pistorius won two gold medals at London 2012

The ‘run like the wind challenge’ is set to take place at Qatar’s Aspire Zone outdoor circuit in Doha on Wednesday night and is an event that the world record holder in the T44 200m and 400m is looking forward to.

Pistorius said on Twitter: ‘Racing An Arab Horse on Wednesday night for the #runlikethewind Campaign in Doha. @DohaGOALS going to be INSANE!’

The six time Paralympic gold medalist also added in a press conference how he would prepare for the race.

‘I am going to do great deal of stretching, Pistorius said. ‘I will make sure I have enough protein in my system. Arabian horses [are] an iconic thing of the region. It is just a very special kind of thing to do. I think it is going to be an amazing spectacle.’

The competition: Pistorius will be taking on an Arabian horse

The competition: Pistorius will be taking on an Arabian horse

The race is in aid of promoting the Definitely Able campaign in Qatar, which supported by energy and chemical company Sasol, aims to raise awareness and contributions of those with disabilities in the community.

Pistorius, who reached the semi-finals at the Olympics, may have his work cut out to win this event though judging by stars that have tried to race different animals before him.

Fellow countryman Bryan Habana attempted to take on a cheetah five years ago in an attempt to raise awareness over the species’ dwindling numbers.

But despite being given a 35-yard head start, the 2007 Rugby Union World Cup winner still failed to get the better of the feline. Oscar, you have been warned.

London 2012 Olympics: Synchro final for Team GB

GB girls secure first synchronised swimming final spot since 1992

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UPDATED:

18:09 GMT, 6 August 2012

Olympics 2012

There will be British representation in an Olympic synchro final for the first time in 20 years after Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici qualified in ninth for the duet, as Russia close in on their fourth consecutive gold.

In Beijing, the pair had been the first Britons to compete at a Games since 1992 where they finished 14th.

In the intervening four years, they have made huge strides on the world stage, including a Commonwealth silver medal together, and now they will be the first British synchronettes in an Olympic final since 1992 when Kerry Shacklock and Laila Vakil finished sixth.

In sync: Great Britain's Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici have reached the duets final

In sync: Great Britain's Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici have reached the duets final

The free routine is marked on artistic impression and technical merit, with a maximum mark of 50 points for each.

These are then combined and added to the result of Sunday's technical routine, with the top 12 of the 24 pairs going through.

Randall and Federici – who both train at the high performance centre in Aldershot – had improved by one their 10th-placed finish at last year's World Championships in the technical routine.

On Monday their London-themed free routine portraying the ravens at the Tower of London set to a Chemical Brothers soundtrack was scored 88.790 points, placing them ninth, one down on eighth in Shanghai last summer.

When combined with their technical result on Sunday the pair went through with 176.890pts, and insisted they had plenty to work on before Tuesday afternoon's final.

Randall said: 'We've got a few things to improve on for tomorrow, it wasn't one of our best so we are hoping to get the things fixed we need to get fixed and make an improvement.

Head above water: The pair have become the first Brits to reach a synchro final since 1992

Head above water: The pair have become the first Brits to reach a synchro final since 1992

Head above water: The pair have become the first Brits to reach a synchro final since 1992

'With the technical aspect of our routine, there were a few things that were slightly off, we weren't exactly the same so just to try and make that perfect tomorrow.'

Federici echoed her team-mate's sentiments, saying: 'We want to go back home, look at the video, see what we can do so when we get back in the pool and train tomorrow, and really make it a perfect swim so we give our best performance.

'This is our London 2012 Games so we want to give it everything we've got and do our best performance of the year.'

When the pair competed at the European Championships in Eindhoven earlier this year, it was felt the scoring was questionable.

Randall said: 'The important thing we've got to think about is that synchro is a very judged sport – all we can put in tomorrow is our best performance so we know we have done the best we can do so hopefully the judges will reward us with good marks.

'Our reputation as a country is improving and the judges are seeing that we are improving at every competition we go to.'

Indian government want London to reconsider Dow Chemical

Indian government want London to reconsider Dow Chemical sponsorship

The Indian government is concerned about the London 2012 Olympics sponsorship deal with Dow Chemical.

So much so that the government have asked their Olympic association to raise the issue and put pressure on London to reconsider involvement of a company linked to the Bhopal gas disaster.

Many victims and activists hold Dow responsible for failing to give enough compensation to victims of a 1984 gas leak which killed thousands and injured hundreds of thousands more in the central Indian city of Bhopal.

Making their point: Survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy,burn effigies of Lord Coe

Making their point: Survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy,burn effigies of Lord Coe

“We have written a letter to the IOA (Indian Olympic Association), asking them to take up the matter with the organisers of the London Olympics,” a spokesman for the sports ministry said.

The pesticide plant was owned by Union Carbide, which settled its liabilities with the Indian government in 1989 by paying $470 million for Bhopal victims.

Dow bought Union Carbide a decade after the company had settled with the Indian government and now finds itself in the firing line for its sponsorship of a temporary decorative wrap over London”s Olympic Stadium.

Appeal: Activists wear horror masks during a demonstration

Appeal: Activists wear horror masks during a demonstration

The sponsorship has caused anger across India, but nowhere more so than the central state of Madhya Pradesh, where chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan is urging the Indian government to boycott the sporting extravaganza. Bhopal is the provincial capital.

Chauhan says that instead of sponsoring the Games, the company should spend that money on Bhopal survivors.

The Indian government last year demanded more than $1 billion additional compensation for the victims of the gas leak.