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Bladerunner' champion makes capital track debut

PUBLISHED: 10:39 20 May 2010 | UPDATED: 10:13 12 August 2010

A FOUR time Paralymic champion is set to make his London debut at the borough s famous sports ground. South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, one of the most recognised names in elite disability sport, will be taking part in the Aviva London Grand Prix

A FOUR time Paralymic champion is set to make his London debut at the borough's famous sports ground.

South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, one of the most recognised names in elite disability sport, will be taking part in the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace on August 13 and 14.

He said: "This will be my first time competing in London and I am really looking forward to it.

"I know that the Aviva London Grand Prix is a fantastic event with a great atmosphere and I'm really looking forward to taking to the track and pushing myself to get a good result against what I know will be a great field of elite athletes.

"It's still my aim to reach the London Olympics and I'm on good form to do so - it will be great to have a taste of a massive sporting event in London before the big event in two years time.

"I'm obviously aiming for a good time at London, the track is particularly quick so will aid my speed and I know that the crowd will be supporting me to run faster."

The 23-year-old arrived in the UK on Tuesday to compete in the BT Paralympic World Cup taking place in Manchester. It is the largest multi-sport elite disability competition outside the Paralympic Games. He added: "I always enjoy competing in Manchester and I'm hoping that a good performance there will lead to a great result in London a couple of months later."

Nicknamed 'the bladerunner', Pistorius was born with a congenital absence of the fibula in both legs leading to him running with carbon fiber prosthetic limbs which have received notorious attention since he first took to the track competitively.

Pistorius has attracted large-scale media attention during his quest to compete in the Olympic Games as well as the Paralympics.

He was sanctioned to compete in 2008 if he achieved the qualification criteria necessary, but missed out on the chance to represent his country in Beijing by seven tenths of a second.

l Tickets for the Aviva London Grand Prix at the Crystal Palace August 13 and 14 are available by phone on 08000 556 056 or online at www.uka.org.uk.

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