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Blade Runner’s two golds
- Updated: May 24, 2009
South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius grabbed double gold on day five of Sunday’s BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.
First the 22-year-old produced a late surge to overtake American Jerome Singleton and win the 100 metres by just three hundreths of a second in a time of 11.13sec
Pistorius was beaten out of the blocks by the American who finished behind him in the Paralympics in Beijing last year, but, competing in his first race since breaking ribs in a boating accident in March, made up the ground to take victory.
He then claimed a second gold in the final race of the day as he won the T44 400m in 50.28 seconds ahead of Great Britain’s Ian Jones.
‘I’m super happy with the two gold medals,ÔÇØ Pistorius said. ‘The 100m was always going to be a tight race and it was always going to be a matter of catch up because Jerome is very fast in the first 30m. ‘My time in the 400m was shocking ÔÇô it was the worst time I’ve run in about three and a half years. But I know I wasn’t running hard so I know I can run a lot better.
‘It’s always great running at Manchester in the BT Paralympic World Cup. It’s a world class meet with all the top athletes here competing.’