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Oscar Pistorius will be one of five South African athletes competing at the annual KBC Night of Athletics in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium on Saturday.

Pistorius, who is the first disabled athlete to compete in both the Paralymics and Olympics after being selected by SASCOC for the team earlier this week, will line up in the men’s 400metre.┬áThe 25 year-old from Gauteng North ran 45.20sec at the Gauteng North Championships.

His second fastest time of the season was recorded in Porto Novo, Benin at the Africa Senior Championships on 28 June. He crossed the line in 45.52sec for a second place finish.

Jacques de Swardt will also line up in the race after having competed in the men’s 300m at the Meeting International d’Athleticsme de la Province de Liege in Belgium on Thursday.┬áHe ran a personal best of 33.14sec, finishing fourth.

The 19-year-old Tukkie ran his best 400m time this season in Rhede, Germany last month, clocking 46.06sec. ÔÇ£There are big names in my race, I am the little one running against my heroes,ÔÇØ said De Swardt.┬á Some of the familiar athletes include Mitchell Manteo (USA), a 4x400m World Indoor champion with a personal best this season of 44.96sec, Australia’s 400m Olympic athlete and 4x400m Olympic finalist Joel Milburn, amongst others.

Thuso Mpuang who ran a personal best of 20.44sec in the men’s 200m at the SA Open Championships in Pretoria on 5 May, has struggled with his form in Europe.┬á He also competed at the Africa Senior Championships in Benin where he finished eighth in 21.39sec.┬áHe will line up in the 200m event in Belgium.

Other South Africans competing are Hannes Naude in the men’s 800m and Rikenette Steenkamp in the women’s 100m hurdles.


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