London - Oscar Pistorius and countryman Arnu
Fourie set new world records in the first-round heats of the men's 200
metres T43/44 event at the Paralympic Games on Saturday night.
amputee Pistorius, making his first appearance at the 2012 disability
showpiece, clocked 21.30 seconds to improve his own global mark in the
Having made history a few weeks earlier at the
able-bodied Games, Pistorius showed his intent early on at the
Paralympics by comfortably winning his heat and coasting into Sunday's
Fellow South African Fourie, a single-leg amputee, set a new world best in the T44 division.
Fourie also reached the final, finishing second in his heat in 22.57 --0.34 seconds behind American double-amputee Blake Leeper.
Alan Oliveira won the first heat in 21.88, storming clear of American
favourite Jerome Singleton in the finishing straight.