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- Relay quartet speed to second fastest 4×100 time
- SA longboard trio go down in Papua New Guinea
- Sauser/Kulhavy’s win makes up ground at Cape Epic
- Third consecutive NYC Half victory for Van Dyk
- Olympian Oosthuizen starts season with top-10 finish
- Track stars shine as riders pay respect to the late Zaki
- Scorching weather shortens Cape Epic stage but the racing’s still hot
- Sullwald, Fischer seal national elite titles in Aldam
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.