SOURCE: Ossur

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January 24, 2011 13:59 ET

Top Sprint Contenders Pistorius, Singleton Race for 100-Meter Gold at International Paralympics World Championships Wearing Ossur Prostheses

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WHAT:

At one of the most highlight anticipated races yet to come at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC)'s 2011 World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, the two top contenders for the men's T44 100m race will both be running with Flex-Foot Cheetah® carbon fiber prostheses from prosthetics innovator Össur. 

Defending Paralympics champion Oscar Pistorius, a bilateral, below-knee amputee who's known as "the fastest man on no legs," competes wearing two of Össur's Flex-Foot Cheetah® prostheses. He's the current World Record holder in the 100, 200, and 400m (T44) events.

Leading contender Jerome Singleton is a U.S. Paralympian and 100m Silver Medalist whose time was only 0.03 seconds slower than Pistorius' at the 2008 Paralympics. The below-knee amputee also is a member of the Gold Medal and World Record-setting US 4x100m Men's Relay Team. Singleton also competes wearing Össur's Flex-Foot Cheetah® prosthesis. 

In the 200m race already run at the 2011 IP Championships, in which Pistorius took 1st, Singleton 2nd, and Arnu Fourie of South Africa placed 3rd -- all three raced in Össur's Flex-Foot Cheetah®

WHEN:

Men's T44 100m Finals: Tuesday, Jan. 25 4:50 pm (NZST)

WHO:

Pistorius and Singleton are members of Team Össur, a group of elite international athletes and role models sponsored by Össur, who help raise public awareness of the potential for people with limb loss and impaired mobility to lead life without limitations. Team Ossur members competing at the IPC World Championships include:

April Holmes, U.S. (defending her 100m and 200m Gold Medals)
Arnu Fourie, South Africa (100m, 200m)
Blake Leeper, U.S. (100m, 200m, 400m)
Casey Tibbs, U.S. (Long Jump)
Christoph Bausch, Switzerland (100m, 200m)
Jackie-Tony Christiansen, Denmark (Shot Put, Discus)
Jeff Skiba, U.S. (High Jump)
Kortney Clemons, U.S. (100m, 200m, Long Jump)
Marie-Amélie Le Fur, France (100m, 200m, Long Jump)
Oscar Pistorius, South Africa (100m, 200m, 400m)
Jerome Singleton, U.S. (100m, 200m)
Richard Whitehead, U.K. (200m)
Robert Mayer, Austria (100m, 200m, 400m)
Toru Suzuki, Japan (High Jump)
Wojtek Czyz, Germany (100m, 200m, Long Jump)

BACKGROUND:

Össur's Flex-Foot Cheetah® is a J-shaped, high-performance carbon composite prosthetic considered the "gold standard" for elite amputee athletes. The Cheetah was designed to store and release energy, mimicking the reaction of an anatomical foot/ankle joint. For more details: http://www.ossur.com/?PageID=14509. Össur is an Icelandic-based medical innovator that's been pioneering prosthetic and non-invasive orthopaedic technologies for 40 years.

The IPC World Championships is the last major gathering of international athletes before the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Pistorius plans to compete for a spot on South Africa's 2012 (able-bodied) Olympic team; if he qualifies, he'll make history as the first amputee running in an Olympic Games.

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