Double amputee Oscar Pistorius has raced against a horse in the Qatari capital Doha – and won. He got off to a good start and, in a downhill finish, crossed the line with more than a second to spare.
The unusual race was part of an effort to promote disability sport and fight discrimination in the region.
“It wasn’t about who won today, it was just about coming out here and really just showing people that those with disabilities are not to be stereotyped against,” Pistorius said.
“Having the Arab horse out here, which is a symbolisation of strength and power in this region, to be able to do a showcase event like this, is a lot of fun.”
Pistorius made history in London earlier this year when he became the first double amputee to compete at the Olympic Games, before claiming two gold medals at the Paralympics.
The 26 year-old sprinter was in Doha for the ‘Definitely Able’ campaign which uses special events to highlight the exceptional feats Paralympic athletes are capable of. Several noted athletes have pitted themselves against animal opponents with limited success over the years.
Welsh sprinter Jamie Baulch and American legend Jesse Owens have both raced against horses, while Pistorius’ compatriot, rugby player Bryan Habana, once ran against a cheetah – and was roundly beaten.