Oscar Pistorius scoops international award

2012-02-07 07:17

Oscar Pistorius was given global recognition for his ground-breaking performances last season at the annual Laureus World Sports Awards.

The Blade Runner, who competes on carbon fibre blades, was named Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability at the awards function in London last night, where he hopes to reach even greater heights at this year’s Olympic Games.

Pistorius had a phenomenal 2011, setting a personal best 400 metres time of 45.07 seconds in Lignano, Italy.

He also clinched silver as part of the SA 4x400m relay team in Daegu, South Korea, to become the first amputee track athlete to win a medal at the World Athletics Championships.

Earlier at the global showpiece, the 25-year-old had reached the semi-finals of the individual 400m sprint.

In Paralympic competition he lost a 100m race for the first time in seven years – pipped on the line by American Jerome Singleton – but won gold in the 200m, 400m and 4x100m events at the IPC World Athletics Championships in New Zealand.

At the BT Paralympic World Cup, Pistorius smashed his own 400m Paralympic world best, recording a time of 47.28.

At the 2012 Laureus awards, which recognised athletes for performances in the 2011 calendar year, he held off challenges from Brazilians Daniel Dias (swimming), and Terezinha Guilhermina (athletics), Dutch wheelchair tennis star Esther Vergeer, British wheelchair athlete David Weir and Russian skier Irek Zaripov.

Pistorius was also nominated for the World Breakthrough of the Year award, which was won by Irish golf sensation Rory McIlroy.

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