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Oscar off the mark

Paralympic track ace Oscar “Bladerunner” Pistorius has again failed to seal a spot on Team South Africa at the Olympic Games in London later this year, writes Mark Etheridge.

The Paralympic ace is attempting to run a second qualifying time in the 400-metre event and still needs to run another sub 45.30sec time in order to come into contention.

He has already run a 45.20sec in Pretoria two months ago but needs to log another time on international soil by the end of June.

Competing in the Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Oregon, Pistorius ended seventh and last in 46.86sec as Olympic champion Lashawn Merritt won in 44.91 from Christopher Brown (45.24) and Angelo Taylor of the US in 45.59.

Pistorius was the only SA athlete in action in Eugene as 2009 world 800m champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was not part of the starting line-up after being mentioned earlier in the week as taking part.

Meanwhile our steeplechase ace, Nolene Conrad was in action in Europe on Friday night.

“I had another good performance and ran 9min 56.06sec, my second fastest time after my personal best last week. I ran in Montbeliard, France and ended third.

“Next up is a race in Montreuil, also in France on Tuesday where I’ll run 5000m.’

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