SA relay team grab gold in record time

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Kevin McCallum

London: Two days after the night of the long blades, Oscar Pistorius returned to the track where he had lost his 200-metres title and his cool, where the row over the length of the blades of his opponents continued to simmer.

Last night, his blades were on fire as he and his three teammates won gold in the 4x100m relay, setting a new world record of 41.78secs.

The celebrations were intense. Pistorius stood with his arms on his head; then Samkelo Radebe jumped into his arms and they hugged. Zivan Smith, who had run the second leg, could not stop smiling. Arnu Fourie ran over and hugged Suzanne Viljoen, his coach.

Then they held the flag high and ran around the track for a lap of honour. No argument about blade lengths and formulations was going to take this away from the Rainbow Warriors Express.

Dyan Buis took bronze in the long jump for the cerebral palsied, but Natalie du Toit was seventh in the 50m freestyle, while former Paralympic champion Zanele Situ was fourth in the javelin.

Earlier, Pistorius had won his 100m heat in 11.18 seconds, his fastest time of the year. He was faster than Alan Oliveira of Brazil, who had beaten him for the 200m gold on Sunday.

Pistorius received support from Jerome Singleton, a rival from the US, who said that there was an issue with blade lengths and that the formula needed to be revaluated by the Paralympic authorities.


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