- Double gold for Venter as SA medal count reaches 59
- Winning start for Ellis as Banyana beat Egypt
- Skhosana’s promise to take SA even further forward
- It’s 50 medals for SA at African Championships
- Top-ranked Williams does the double
- Championship records for Brown and relay team
- Gobel grabs share of the lead at Kyalami
- Interim coach Ellis looks to take Banyana even further
- Opening round of 70 puts Williams in front
- Big medal haul for SA at Junior Commonwealth Games
Oscar’s best not enough
- Updated: July 16, 2009
South African “Blade-Runner” Oscar Pistorius ran his best 400 metre time of┬á the year in Lucerne, Switzerland on Wednesday night.
But vitally, our Paralympic hero’s 47.07 second second-place finish was still not enough for him to qualify for the able-bodied IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany next month.
It was Pistorius’ third race on the European circuit and he was runner-up to Japan’s Keitarou Satou (46.56).
Prior to last night, Pistorius ran in Milan and Oslo, and returned times of 47.24 and 47.18sec respectively.
Pistorius, a double-amputee sprinter, needs to run a time of 45.95sec to qualify for Berlin, but he has not run within a second of that mark this season.
He has struggled to approach the world qualifying standard after being injured in a boating accident near Johannesburg in February.
Velletri, Italy on Saturday now represents Pistorious’ last chance of boarding the Boeing to Berlin’s World championships.