There's plenty of hype and controversy in the Paralympics right now in the aftermath of Oscar Pistorius claiming silver medal for the 200m T44 sprint. And so, while the world reels in that shock, and the IPC confirms it's willingness to investigate the matter and "sit down and discuss" the issue with Pistorius, one man walks on alone. In the shadow of that race - the man who, in my opinion achieved the most that night,or at least in that race... and got nothing for it, except for the letters "WR" next to his name and time, is: Arnu Fourie.
Here's a man who is certifiably the fastest man in the world on one leg; and hence can take his place alongside the likes of Pistorius, and now ahem, Alan Oliveira, as well as Usain Bolt (okay perhaps that's pushing it - but the way the world has embraced the Blade runner to hold him in such high regards, why not Arnu?)
Here's the thing, in case you missed it... Arnu Fourie is actually classified as T43, meaning that even though he broke the world record in his class, for the second time during these games, he gets nothing but a 4th place, a shake of the hand and a "well done son" from all and sundry - this must be the most unfortunate 4th place of both the Paralympics and the Olympics.
If Oscar thinks there's an issue with Oliveira's blades (I tend to agree with Oscar - and that's not bias talking, I'm taking the side of Legitimacy here), who's standing up for Fourie's cause - GIVE THIS MAN A MEDAL!
It bears extra mentioning that running with one prosthetic leg, he's actually at a disadvantage compared to the T44 athletes as they've got better balance
Okay, been a while since my last post so I'm using this as a news update if you will.
1st; I've been busy this week, finishing the second draft of my novel The Quiet Days - there's still a few kinks, but I'm quite happy with the progress.
2nd and 3rd... Last night I attended "a night of Jazz" with Zeke La Grange and friends. Granted it's a name unfamiliar to most, so let me enlighten you; He's a young talented saxophonist who was raising funds, with the help of some of his student friends (who also just so happen to be superbly gifted and award winning musicians in their own right) for his upcoming trip overseas. So, there we were in the dim candlelight, listening to, I kid you not, some top class jazz you would expect to find on any grand stage of the world, for a fraction of the price. There were classy renditions of some old favorite gospel tracks, to some Stevie Wonder greats and even a cover of Amy Winehouse's 'Valerie' complete with excellent vocals, guitar and piano solos - a night of pure music. Thanks to all involved for a memorable night, wishing Zeke all the best for what surely is a very bright future.
And staying on the topic of music; my debut article on In The Kan is up, entitled:
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I hope you're supporting the Paralympics - it really is quite awesome!
[Banner illustration by Joel Kanar]