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Oscar off pace again

Double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius has once again missed South Africa’s qualifying time for the Olympic Games, almost a second off the mark in winning a 400m race in Belgium.

Associated Press reports that Pistorius won the EAP meeting in Nivelles in 46.20 seconds, almost a full second off the 45.30 mark he needs to get automatic qualification for the Games.

He has at least one more chance to qualify at the African Championships in Benin next week.

Without running the qualifying time in his favoured individual distance, Pistorius could also make the Olympics if he is included in South Africa’s 4x400m relay team.

Mark Etheridge writes that Pistorius’ fellow South African Jacques de Swardt was runner-up to Pistorius, a 10th of a second slower.┬á “Came second to Oscar by 0.1! Very blessed! Now we wait the 30 June for the team. Praying,” said De Swardt.

Also missing out was Juan van Deventer. The 2008 Olympic 1500m finalist won his race but the winning time of 3:40.85 was well off the 3:35.50 needed to come into contention for Team SA in London.


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