Monday, August 29, 2011

Oscar Pistorius fails to qualify for men's 400m final at World Athletics Championships

I've always thought that Oscar Pistorius to be a beacon of hope for all physically challenged people, no legs and the guy competes with able bodied athletes, that's a victory within itself. Yet it seems that he didn't manage to qualify for the 400m at the World Champ.

With one year to go until the London 2012 Paralympics the script was perfectly set up for the double amputee but he found the going too tough, finishing in eighth position with a time of 46.19 secs, more than a second short of his personal best.

Jermaine Gonzales of Jamaica won the third of three semi-finals with a time of 44.99 sec but Pistorius will have another shot at glory in Daegu when he competes as part of the South African relay team.

"I'm very happy to have had the opportunity to be here and I'll have to work on it," said Pistorius.

"I've run with most of these guys before but in a competition like this they are all running at a world class level.

For Pistorius to make the semi-final remains an incredible achievement and the Pretoria-based athlete paid tribute to the impact his time in Paralympic sport has had on his career.



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