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'Blade Runner' beats horse in race
By WWOS staff
12:30 AEST Thu Dec 13 2012

South Africa’s amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius has beaten Arab horse Maserati in a race over 200m.

Pistorius, known as Blade Runner, got off to a flying start in comparison to his four-legged rival and ran away with the race after enjoying a 15m head start.

Pistorius, who uses carbon fibre blades to run after having both legs amputated as a child because of a congenital condition, achieved history when he became the first disabled runner to compete with able-bodied athletes in London.

He is not the first runner to take on an athlete of the equine variety, with 1936 Olympics hero Jesse Owens and 1992 Olympic 100m gold medallist Linford Christie taking on four-legged rivals during their careers.