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Arnu blitzes to best
- Updated: September 22, 2011
By Mark Etheridge
Stellenbosch’s Arnu Fourie is the world’s fastest man this year over 200 metres in the T44 track and field division.
This after winning the event at last week’s Samsung Diamond League meeting in Brussels, Belgium and beating American star Jerome Singleton in the process. Fourie’s time of 22.76 seconds was also a personal best for the 26-year-old accountant.
“It was one of the best runs of my career,” Fourie told Road to London 2012 this week. “I was really looking forward to this event as we decided early on in the season that we’ll go for this even and try and run a good time as it’s more or less the same time that Paralympics will be on next year in London.
Fourie went to the starting blocks with a personal best of 22.82 and hit the finish line having run 0.04sec quicker. “I was really happy with the time as I did the fastest time for the season for the T44 class.” Singleton was runner-up in Brussels, clocking a well beaten 23.62.
The previous best of the season was held by Singleton who ran 22.78 at the IPC World Athletics Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand in January this year. “He beat me for the silver medal in that race,” says Fourie. “Oscar [Pistorius] got the gold at world champs and still has a faster time than me but although he won our race he competes as a T43.
“It was a good confidence booster for preparations for next year as I got one back on Jerome! It was also very nice to end the season off on a high as I’ll take some time off the track before we start preparing again in a week or two.
“It’s now all guns blazing for London and all preparations from now on will work towards that.”
Our para-sprinters are certainly looking good ahead of London with Pistorius having recently taken part at the able-bodied IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Daegu and getting his first podium finish in a Diamond League event (also in Brussels last week for the 400m) and Fanie van der Merwe having blitzed to a personal best and world-leading 23.11 in the 200m (T37) at the All Africa Games that ended in Maputo, Mozambique at the weekend.