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Oscar blitzes to win
- Updated: May 24, 2012
Paralympic sprint ace Oscar “Bladerunner” Pistorius has blitzed to an easy defense of his 200-metre title at the BT Paralympic World Cup track and field meeting in Manchester, England.
Pistorius, who is one international qualifying time away from possible inclusion in the South African team for the Olympics in London later this year, won in a time of 22.08 seconds.
A double-leg amputee, Pistorius, 25, currently holds the world records and won Paralympic gold medals over 100m, 200m and 400m in Beijing four years ago.
Richard Whitehead of Britain was runner-up on Wednesday, well behind Pistorius in 26.19.
Pistorius only ran the 200m on this occasion. ÔÇ£I think everything went according to plan, there wasn’t one aspect of the race that went badly. I came out of the blocks comfortably, accelerated neatly, my angles on the corners were fine and the home straight was neat but I felt maybe I could have gone a bit quicker but I really enjoyed the competition,” he told the Paralympic World Cup’s website.
ÔÇ£It is always a great pleasure to come here and start my season off, every year we come up to Manchester for the BT Paralympic World Cup which is always the opener for me. It was a great opening race and I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to settle in nicely after this.ÔÇØ
Pistorius already has one Olympic A standard qualifying time under the belt, with a 45:07 that he ran in Italy last year. The qualifying time is 45:30.
His next race will be at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic on Friday.