'Blade Runner' Psitorius outruns horse Maserati in Doha race

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 13, 2012 05:50 hrs

'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius beat Arab horse Maserati in the 'run like the wind' race held in Doha, Qatar.

The 26-year-old Pistorius, who became the first disabled runner to compete in the Olympics when he ran in the 400m, beat the horse over 200m.

He was known as the 'Blade Runner' because of the carbon fibre blades he runs on after having his legs amputated below the knee when he was a kid due to a congenital condition, Sport24 reports.

According to the report, Pistorius took up the challenge in a bid to promote disabled sportspeople and fight discrimination against disabled people in the region.

"It wasn't about who won tonight It was about showing people that those with disabilities are capable of doing great things. It was a lot of fun. Hopefully this will do a lot to change perceptions of disabled people in the region," said Pistorius after crossing the line.

The South African, who retained his 400m title at the Paralympics in London following his Olympics campaign, raced on a typical athletics track surface while Maserati competed on a sand surface, the report said.

Maserati veered towards the rail which separated the two competitors and never recovered despite coming under a severe whipping from his rider and Pistorius came home well clear, the report added. (ANI)

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