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Oscar a sole star

Apart from Oscar Pistorius qualifying for the semi-finals in the men’s 400m it wasn’t a great day for Team SA at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea on Sunday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Pistorius blasted into the semis as 14th fastest qualifier with a 45.39sec finish to continue to live his dream and go on to represent South Africa at the able-bodied Olympics in London next year.

Pistorius’s achievement was expected to be overtaken by Usain Bolt’s defence of his 100m title later in the day. It was, but for all the wrong reasons. Bolt was sensationally disqualified from the final for a false start as countryman Yohan Blake won gold in 9.92sec.

But for the rest it wasn’t good news for South Africa on Sunday as Lehann Fourie failed to get past the heats in the 110m hurdles and shot-putter Simone du Toit and decathlete Willem Coertzen also came up short.

United States based Du Toit who took part in the World Student Games in Shenzhen, China recently, was second from last in qualifying with a heave of 15.83 with the final qualifying spot being pegged at 18.67m.

And London based Coertzen pulled out of the decathlon with a no-height in the pole vault, the eighth of 10 events.

Until that stage he had recorded marks of 11.16 in the 100m, 7.37m in the long jump, 13.48m in the shot put, 2.02m in the high jump, 49.20 in the 400m, 14.48s in the 110m hurdles and 43.13m in the discus.