By Shiryn G., EnStarz | Aug 06, 2012 01:09 AM EDT
South African runner Oscar Pistorius participated in the 400-meter semifinals on Aug. 5, making him the first double-amputee to compete in the Olympic Games, but though he did not make it to the finals, there was a moment at the end of the race that got everyone talking.
After the relay ended, Grenada sprinter Kirani James came up to Pistorius and asked him to trade name bibs with him; he wanted to keep Pistorius' bib as a souvenir and reminder of the athlete's determination and strive to make it to the semifinals round.
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Pistorius agreed and the two switched bibs, afterwards hugging and shaking hands.
After the race, Pistorius told reporters that he had always dreamed of making it to the Olympic Games and that his goal was to reach the semifinals round. Though he won no medal, Pistorius was all smiles as he left the Olympic arena.
James said, "He's an inspiration for all of us. What he does...takes a lot of courage, just a lot of confidence. He's very special to our sport."
Pistorius will be participating in the next Paralympics but also has his eyes set out on the 2016 Olympics, according to Examiner.com.
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