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Another Cup double for Oscar

By Mark Etheridge

Our Oscar Pistorius raced to a sprint double on the opening day of the 2010 BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, England on Tuesday.

Pistorius, known globally as the Blade Runner, due to his hi-tech synthetic prosthetic lower limbs, won both the 100 and 400m events within the space of hours as the athletics category of the World Cup came and went.

First up he retained his T44 100m title, being pushed all the way by fellow South African Arnu Fourie. Pistorius clocked 11.33sec to Stellenbosch-based Fourie’s 11.57. Britain’s Ian Jones was third in 11.90sec.

Pistorius then went on to claim the double as he won his more favoured 400m race in 48.83 finishing more than three seconds clear of Britain’s Jones.

ÔÇ£I knew it would be a tough competition today but the support in the crowd was phenomenal. On the last straight I was able to pick up the crowd noise and it really pushed me on,” said Pistorius in the post-race interview.┬á ÔÇ£I felt great today, the BT Paralympic World Cup has once again been a great event and this year more than ever the crowd were phenomenal.ÔÇØ

There was more joy for South Africa’s Fanie van der Merwe who got his own sprint double, this time in the T37 100/200m disciplines (12.06 and 24.77) and Fanie Lombaard’s 41.79 in the F42 category of the discus earned him runners-up spot behind Britain’s Dan Greaves (56.22).

Peet van Zyl, who manages Pistorius, was happy with the outcome. “Sure, we’re happy with the wins,” he said from Johannesburg.

“This competition serves as a stepping stone for the rest of the season,” he said. “Oscar’s next competition will be the German nationals on 11-13 June and then he goes on to the Italian championships a week later.”

“All these competitions earn him ranking points building towards the World Championships in New Zealand in January next year. At the end of June, he’ll turn his attention to the able-bodied 400m events on the IAAF circuit,” said Van Zyl.