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Bladerunner blitzes to record

By Mark Etheridge

It was second time lucky for our Bladerunner track star, Oscar Pistorius in London on Saturday.

Bouncing back from his disappointing one-lap finish in the able-bodied men’s B race at a wet Crystal Palace on Friday, the double leg amputee pulverised his own 400 metre world record in the T44 class at the IAAF Diamond League meeting.

Pistorius ran 47.04sec on Saturday and improved his time in this class by an impressive 0.45sec.

Runner-up was the host nation’s Ian Jones, the Paralympic bronze medallist.

Pistorius set the previous record of 47.49 in winning the Paralympic gold medal in Beijing in 2008.

For the other South African in action on Saturday there was more disappointment. On Friday LJ Van Zyl had a race to forget as he trailed in eighth in the 400m hurdles, with a slow 50.64sec.

On Saturday middle distance ace Peter van der Westhuizen came nowhere near his goal of setting a personal best in the men’s mile.

Clearly still not 100% right after taking ill in Morocco a few weeks back, the US-based athlete was, like Van Zyl, last in his event.

He was unlucky 13th and timed at 4min 05.52sec. Up front Kenyan Augustine Choge was galloping along to a personal best of 3:50.14.

The one-but-last Diamond League meeting is in Zurich, Switzerland on Thursday.