2025: Just 10 minutes until perhaps the best recognized Paralympian ever, Oscar Pistorius, takes to the track for the 200m - T44 opening heats. You might know him as the "Blade Runner." History remembers him as the first South African to represent his country at the Olympics AND Paralympics.
Don't even think about missing this one.
2037: The 200m - T44. Check. But what does it mean? The guys in this race will be either single or double leg amputees. Despite all the hype around Oscar Pistorius, some people are saying he's not actually the favorite to win this race. It's been a long season for the South African, including the Olympics just over a month ago.
But hush now. Here's the man himself...
2044: Forget that. First time on the track and the Blade Runner has annihilated the field with a new world record time of 21.30secs. He's meters ahead. Unsurprisingly he's through to the finals tomorrow.
2050: Oscar Pistorius tells the crowd:
"To be able to represent my country in front of such an amazing crowd is mindblowing."
2141: Supehuman Saturday. That's what they're calling it. And with three finals left in:
The Women's 100m - T46
The Women's Shot Put - F54/55/56
The Men's Javelin - F33/34
There may just be a few more records left to fall.
2154: It wasn’t even a final. But there was one reason, and one reason alone, why many spectators packed into the Paralympic Stadium tonight. And that was to see South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius win the 200m – T44 heats. He did so in in style and will now head into the finals the firm favourite tomorrow.
CNN’s Duarte Mendonca gives us an insight into a runner that has captured imaginations in London 2012.
“Some say Oscar Pistorius was the favorite to win Day Three’s trial, some say he wasn’t…I said he was going to “smoke the competition” and so he did.
By the end of the race, 21.30s was the time on the clock and even though there weren't any medals to take home, there was still a new world record on the board.
Quite an intimidating result considering this was only a trial. However, the message was clear: This is a man on a mission.
Pistorius has said his goal is to claim another Paralympics gold and establish himself as one of the greatest athletes ever by winning three straight Games. His first, in 2004, saw him take gold. But it was in 2008 where the “Blade Runner” brought in his “A-game” by winning three gold medals in the 100, 200 and 400m –T44.
After being the first double amputee sprint runner to participate in the Olympics, Oscar Pistorius looks set to continue making history in this year’s London 2012 Paralympics."
2219: So let's take a look at some of the best photos from today. I'll try and keep the superb Judo snaps to a minimum. But I'm not making any promises.
2245: So many champs, so little time. Now let us take a look at our rather long list of 49 gold medal winners...
1) Tunisia’s Maroua Ibrahmi in the Women's Club Throw - F31/32/51
2) Iran’s Jalil Bagheri Jeddi in the Men's Shot Put - F54/55/56
3) Cuba’s Luis Felipe Gutierrez in the Men's Long Jump - F13
4) Great Britain’s Richard Whitehead in the Men's 200m - T42
5) China’s Liangmin Zhang in the Women's Discus Throw - F11/12
6) Russia’s Elena Ivanova in the Women's 200m - T36
7) Russia’s Margarita Goncharova in the Women's 100m - T38
8) China’s Liwan Yang in the Women's Shot Put - F54/55/56
9) Iran’s Mohsen Kaedi in the Men's Javelin Throw - F33/34
10) Ireland’s Jason Smyth in the Men's 100m - T13
11) China’s Fuliang Liu in the Men's Triple Jump - F46
12) Ukraine’s Iurii Tsaruk in the Men's 100m - T35
13) Poland’s Katarzyna Piekart in the Women's Javelin Throw - F46
14) Canada’s Michelle Stilwell in the Women's 200m - T52
15) Ireland’s Michael McKillop in the Men's 800m - T37
16) Australia’s Evan O'Hanlon in the Men's 100m - T38
17) Cuba’s Yunidis Castillo in the Women's 200m - T46
18) Great Britain’s Neil Fachie in the Men's Ind.B 1km Time Trial
19) Romania’s Carol-Eduard Novak in the Men's Ind. C4 Pursuit
20) Australia’s Michael Gallagher in the Men's Ind. C5 Pursuit
21) China’s Yin He in the Women's Ind.C1-2-3 500m Time Trial
22) Great Britain’s Sarah Storey in the Women's Ind. C4-5 500m Time Trial
23) Great Britain’s Natasha Baker in the Ind. Championship Test - Grade II
24) Australia’s Joann Formosa in the Ind. Championship Test - Grade Ib
25) Cuba’s Jorge Hierrezuelo Marcillis in the Men's -90 kg
26) South Korea’s Gwang-Geun Choi in the Men's -100 kg
27) Japan’s Kento Masaki in the Men's +100 kg
28) Spain’s Maria del Carmen Herrera Gomez in the Women's -70 kg
29) China’s Yanping Yuan in the Women's +70 kg
33) Ukraine’s Vasyl Kovalchuk in the Mixed R5-10m Air Rifle Prone-SH2
34) France’s Cedric Fevre in the Mixed R3-10m Air Rifle Prone-SH1
35) Brazil’s Andre Brasil in the Men's 100m Butterfly - S10
36) New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe in the Women's 100m Butterfly - S10
37) Ireland’s Darragh Mcdonald in the Men's 400m Freestyle - S6
38) Great Britain’s Eleanor Simmonds in the Women's 400m Freestyle - S6
39) Ukraine’s Andriy Kalyna in the Men's 100m Breaststroke - SB8
40) Russia’s Olesya Vladykina in the Women's 100m Breaststroke - SB8
41) Brazil’s Daniel Dias in the Men's 200m Freestyle - S5
42) Norway’s Sarah Louise Rung in the Women's 200m Freestyle - S5
43) China’s Bozun Yang in the Men's 50m Freestyle - S11
44) Italy’s Cecilia Camellini in the Women's 50m Freestyle - S11
45) South Africa’s Charles Bouwer in the Men's 50m Freestyle - S13
46) United States’ Kelley Becherer in the Women's 50m Freestyle - S13
47) Australia’s Blake Cochrane in the Men's 100m Breaststroke - SB7
48) United States’ Jessica Long in the Women's 100m Breaststroke - SB7
49) China’s Yang Yang in the Men's 200m Freestyle - S2
0912: Heading into last night’s heats there were, unbelievably, a few doubts surrounding Pistorius’ form and fitness. After a gruelling year, which has included an historic Olympic campaign, would the South African be in the right shape to once again win gold? It took him exactly 21.30 seconds to provide an emphatic answer. He is fit and firing, but not entirely without rivals. American Blake Leeper had managed to run faster than Pistorius this year prior to last night’s heats, while fellow U.S. sprinter Jerome Singleton will challenge over 100 and 200m. Brazil’s Alan Fonteles Cardoso Oliveira set the second-fastest time in the heats and he will also be one to watch.
0915: So is Pistorius concerned about his rivals? Of course he’s not. Internationally-renowned nice bloke Pistorius is pleased to see the sport improving:
“It is great to have rivals in the sport evolving. 'You've seen the likes of Jonnie Peacock (100m) and Jerome Singleton (100m, 200m), Blake Leeper (100m, 200m, 400m) and Arnu Fourie (100m, 200m) pop up in the last year. It's phenonmenal and it's great to see the sport evolving like that.”
0922: But there are around 12 hours until Pistorius’ first big moment of the Games… but worry not! There are loads of finals to keep us occupied until then. Equestrian finals have cantered into life, the rowing lake is about to burst into life and table tennis finals are littered throughout the morning schedule. Like I said, there is plenty of Paralympic sport to keep us busy.
0943: One of the rowers hoping for success on the lake at Eton Dorney is Britain’s Tom Aggar, who will defend his men’s single skulls ASM1x title. Many athletes train for years in pursuit of a Games gold, not Aggar. He started rowing in 2007; one year later he was Paralympic champion. Fast forward four years and Aggar is now a four-time world champion. It has been a meteoric rise to prominence.
0955: The first world record of what is sure to be a very busy day has gone, Neil Fachie and pilot Barney Storey, fresh from time trial gold yesterday, have laid down a marker in the men’s individual sprint heats. The British pair’s lap of 10.165 seconds is the fastest in history. I don’t know about you, but I love that velodrome.
0956: World records, they don’t last long, do they? Anthony Kappes and pilot Craig MacLean, denied by mechanical faults in the time trial, have just demolished Fachie and Storey’s records. The new world record, which should last until at least this evening's final, is 10.051 seconds. Stunning stuff.