Oscar loses Paralympic record to Kiwi



September 14, 2016
Oscar loses Paralympic record to Kiwi

Liam Malone (right) broke Oscar's record

New Zealand’s Liam Malone is the new blade runner.

Oscar Pistorius’ achievements on the athletics track are fading fast, after his running record was smashed at the Rio Paralympics.

New Zealand’s Liam Malone, 22, is the new blade runner.

On Monday night, he won gold in the men’s 200m T44 final in a time of 21.06.

Pistorius had held the record after he ran 21.30 seconds at the 2012 London Paralympics.

After smashing Pistorius’ record Malone said: “I wouldn’t be here without those blades in the first instance. I’m filled with gratitude to everyone who invested in me from the start.”

Pistorius is currently serving a six-year jail sentence for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Malone and Pistorius have more in common than just the fact that they both run on custom blades.

Just like Pistorius, Malone was born with fibular hemimelia in both legs and had to have his legs amputated.

Pistorius was 11 months old when doctors amputated his legs halfway between his knees and ankles, and Malone was 18 months old when doctors removed his legs below the knee.

There is a slim chance Pistorius might be able to one day get back on the track and take back his record.

After sentencing in July, the CEO of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee said Pistorius could represent SA at the 2020 Olympics.

CEO Tubby Reddy said if the convicted killer had “paid his debt to society”, he sees no problem with him competing.

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