Olympic Hopeful Oscar Pistorius Trains at St Mary's

 

Oscar Pistorius trains on the athletics track

This weekend, Paralympic Gold medallist and London 2012 Olympic hopeful, Oscar Pistorius, trained at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham with his team mates.

The four times Paralympic Gold medallist is the first Paralympian in history to run against able-bodied athletes at the Summer Olympic Games, and will compete at London 2012 in the individual 400m and as part of the South African team for the 4x400m relay.

During the three day visit to the University College, Oscar joined his South African team mates - including 800m World Silver medallist and former World Champion Caster Semenya, and Silver Olympic long jumper Khotso Mokoena - who have been staying and training at St Mary’s for the last 10 days as part of their pre-Games training camp ahead of the Olympics.

St Mary’s Head of 2012 Preparations Prof Richard Fisher commented, “In total, we have hosted Olympic athletes from 10 countries and we were delighted that the South African team chose to train here at the University College. It was fantastic to see so many talented athletes train on our track and they were a pleasure to have around the place.”

 

St Mary's staff with the South African team

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