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Pistorius Takes 100m Paralympic Gold

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

On this day, 9th Spetember 2008, the fastest man on no legs has his first gold medal in the bag at the Beijing Paralympics.

That leaves two to go for amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius. Despite a slow start on a wet track, the South African won the most difficult of his three races, clocking 11,17 seconds yesterday to take gold in the 100 metres final.

Pistorius is a strong favourite to add the 200m and 400m titles.

The double amputee, known as the “Blade Runner” because of his prosthetic legs, won a legal battle in May for the right to run in the Olympics. However, subsequently he failed to meet the qualifying standard.

“I had a tough start and a slow first 30m,” Pistorius said of the 100m. “I really just pulled out all the stops.”

Pistorius still has his sights set on qualifying for the Olympics. “I‘m looking forward to London 2012,” he said.

Oscar Pistorius winning 100m at Beijing Paralympics

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