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Oscar Pistorius races, beats horse in Doha

Paralympic legend takes part in event to highlight achievements of disabled athletes

Oscar Pistorius races, beats horse in Doha
Oscar Pistorius of South Africa. (Getty Images)

Multiple world record holder Oscar Pistorius raced and beat a pure-bred Arabian racehorse in an event in Qatar to highlight the achievements of disabled athletes.

The South African paralympic superstar took part in the "run like the wind" challenge, part of Sasol Qatar’s definitely able campaign.

The ‘Blade Runner’ competed against Maserati, a pure-bred racehorse owned by Ibraheem Al-Maleki on a specially constructed Aspire Zone circuit in Doha on Wednesday night.

The double amputee displayed consistency in his speed the moment he took off from the starting blocks till the finish line leaving Maserati in his dust.

Sasol Qatar country president Marjo Louw said: “By inviting Oscar Pistorius to display his incredible sporting talent, our hope is that Sasol’s definitely able campaign can put the spotlight on people with disabilities who inspire people of all abilities to adopt an active and rewarding lifestyle."

Run like the wind is the inspiration of international energy and chemical company Sasol and forms part of its corporate responsibility campaign.

Pistorius added: “Participating in Sasol’s definitely able campaign gives me the opportunity to inspire, instill confidence and give a sense of purpose to people. I see myself as able and place focus on my abilities: this is my key message.”

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