Double amputee athlete Pistorius, dubbed the “Blade Runner”, saw Le Clos in the lift heading down to breakfast the morning after Tuesday night’s thrilling victory over Phelps.
The 20-year-old swimmer was still wearing his gold medal and revealed he had not yet taken it off. “I saw him in the lift this morning,” said Pistorius, who will become the first double amputee athlete to compete at an able-bodied Olympics when he lines up in the men’s 400m. He had his medal around his neck. I said to him, ‘where are you going?’. He said, ‘oh, I’m going to the dining hall’.
“I was like, ‘are you going to take your medal with you?’ He said: ‘I haven’t taken it off since yesterday!’ He slept with it around his neck!”