Paralympics Day 4 – Inside the Olympic Stadium

This was THE day to be in the Olympic Stadium. The day of the BIG UPSET. Last Sunday.

We had some good seats behind and up from the 100m start line.

Track and Field Athletics has been my sports as a teenager, so I loved being inside the Olympic Stadium. By the time we got to our Athletics session, though, we had already spent 11 hours in the Olympic Park and were starting to get tired.

Our focus sometimes got a little sidetracked to the remote-controlled cars that brought back the javelins, for example.

Or to Kate Middleton, who handed out medals at the Victory Ceremony.


There was plenty of great sports and athletes in the stadium that Sunday, but it will most likely be remembered as the night of the BIG UPSET.

Oscar Pistorius, The Blade Runner, from South Africa was expected to win the 200m final (T43/44). After all, he also competed a few weeks earlier in the Olympics. However, he was pretty much unexpectedly beaten by the Brazilian Alan Oliveira.

The stadium was quiet for a moment. A full stadium of 80,000 spectators rendered speechless.

There even was a World Record in this race which somehow ended up forgotten.  Arnu Fourie, Oscar’s team mate, ran a World Record (T44).

It was a night to remember. Plenty of records, World Records, Paralympic Records, European Records, other regional Records.

It was amazing to be part of this!

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~ by tatjana.k on September 6, 2012.

 
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