The Straits Times
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Published on Aug 26, 2012
 

Pistorius runs again, this time at Paralympics

 
 

LONDON (AP) - The Olympic rings have disappeared across London, and the Paralympic symbols hoisted in their place. Let the games begin - again.

Thousands of athletes have already arrived for Wednesday's opening ceremony as the Paralympics return to their roots.

The familiar face of Oscar Pistorius and his even more recognisable blades have helped to take the Paralympic movement to the masses - with 2.3 million tickets already sold. August has been a groundbreaking month for Pistorius. The South African will be defending the three titles won four years ago at the Beijing Paralympics, just weeks after becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics.

"I am incredibly excited to be back in London," said Pistorius, who raced in the 400 meters and 4x400 relay earlier this month in the 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium. "It was an incredible experience to compete at the Olympic Games and the reception from the crowd I will remember for the rest of my life."