CNN (Dec. 11, 2012) — Sprinter Oscar Pistorius made history this year by becoming the first amputee to compete in the Olympic Games. Now the South African has set his sights on an altogether different opponent.
The six-time Paralympic gold medalist, who was born without fibula bones in his legs, will race a horse in Qatar on Wednesday to highlight positive contributions made by people with disabilities.
Pistorius tweeted on Sunday: “Racing An Arab Horse on Wednesday night for the #runlikethewind Campaign in Doha. @DohaGOALS going to be INSANE!”
“Arabian horses [are] an iconic thing of the region,” the Johannesburg-born star told a press conference. “It is just a very special kind of thing to do. I think it is going to be an amazing spectacle.”
Pistorius is not the first athlete to have challenge mans’ four-legged friends. Jesse Owens was the star of the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, winning four gold medals under the glare of Adolf Hitler.
Fortune did not follow for Owens, however, and he was forced to race horses and dogs to raise money.
Pistorius isn’t even the first South African sportsman to race an animal. Flying rugby winger Bryan Habana took on a cheetah in 2007 to help save the species from extinction.
Habana was given a 35-yard headstart, but still lost to his feline foe.