Pistorious blown away by Games experience
HID Olympics 2012,
South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius, who competes on carbon fibre blades, says London 2012 has been "amazing and inspiring".
Blade Runner, as he is known due to his prosthetic limbs and blades, ran in both the 400m and 4x400m for his country and has been blown away by the support he has had from the stands inside the Olympic Stadium. Pistorious, who was cleared after a court hearing to run in the games despite plenty of opposition from his rivals that the blades were giving him an advantage, did not win a medal but insisted the experience had been phenomenal. "Stepping out, especially for the first race, I just got goosebumps and butterflies, it has been such a blessing, and the crowd...all the athletes say how quick the track has been but I think it has been the energy from the crowd that made it that phenomenal." He added on BBC Breakfast: "In 2008 we had a court hearing, since then I've been cleared and the IOC were always very open to having me compete if I made the qualification times and I always felt that was the hardest point, the training and getting down to the qualification criteria, but it was definitely worth it."