Oscar 1 Horse 0: Pistorius races against Arabian stud Maserati in Doha… and WINS
23:04 GMT, 12 December 2012
Oscar Pistorius has never baulked at a challenge. The sprinter was a star of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer, but his latest feat is little more on the obscure side.
The South African athlete raced against an Arabian horse named Maserati in Doha… and won!
Pistorius, who is nicknamed the “Blade
Runner” because of his carbon fibre running blades, outran the Arabian stud over 115metres in the
‘Run Like The Wind’ challenge at the Aspire Zone outdoor circuit.
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Miles ahead: The crowds cheered Oscar Pistorius as he bounds way ahead of the horse
And the winner is…: Oscar Pistorius capitalised on a 15metre start over the horse in Doha
In the shadows: Maserati (right) was unable to catch up to the Olympian and Paralympian sprinter
The athlete, who reached the 400m semi-finals in London and also ran in the 4x400m relay final to realise his boyhood dream of competing at the able-bodied Games, took full advantage of starting 15 metres in front of Maserati, who made a sluggish start to the race.
The sprinter, who was born without
the fibula bones in both legs, was taking part in the Definitely Able
campaign to highlight how Paralympians have contributed in sport.
After the race, Pistorius said: 'It wasnt about who won today, it was about just coming out here and showing people that those with disabilities are not to be stereotyped against.
'Thanks to everybody who came out here, we had a good night and hopefully that will do a lot to change perceptions of people with disabilities in this region.'
The Qatar Olympic committee tweeted:
‘Never mind run @OscarPistorius flew past #Arabian stud at
the#RunLikeTheWind #DefinitelyAble campaign.’
In his wake: Pistorius was grinning after the race
Earlier this week at Doha Goals, a
gathering of the leaders of sport in Abu Dhabi, said: ‘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.’
Another victory: Oscar Pistorius beat the horse over 115m
The 26-year-old lit up the Olympic
Park stadium in this summer's Olympics, and won two gold medals and a
silver in the Paralympic Games.
The race was not the first time athletes have competed against horses with some of the most notable champions such as 1936 Olympics hero Jesse Owens and 1992 Olympic 100m gold medallist Linford Christie also going up against their four-legged friends, who generally out-paced their human rivals.
Pistorius is not even the first South African to run against an animal. Rugby player Bryan Habana ran against a cheetah in 2007.
Fair fight Pistorius' fellow South African Bryan Habana raced a cheetah in 2007
Champion: Olympic legend Jesse Owens also raced against a horse
VIDEO: Watch Oscar take on the horse Maserati in Doha