Alan Fonteles Cardoso Oliveira of Brazil upset South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius in the 200-meter T44 final at the London Paralympic Games.
Oliveira ran 21.45 seconds, passing Pistorius in the straightaway at London’s Olympic Stadium. Pistorius finished in 21.52 seconds, and Blake Leeper, a 23-year-old American, got the bronze medal in 22.46.
The 25-year-old South African, who was born without fibulas in both legs and is nicknamed “Blade Runner” for his J-shaped carbon fiber legs, last month became the first amputee runner to compete at the Olympics when he ran the 400-meters and as part of South Africa’s 1,600-meter relay team.
Oliveira, 20, set a record for an athlete from the Americas in the final.
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