Oscar falls short again

2012-06-27 18:44

Johannesburg - Double amputee Oscar Pistorius qualified for the men's 400m semi-finals on the opening day of the African Athletics Championships in Cotonou, Benin, on Wednesday.

Pistorius clocked 46.32 seconds, according to Athletics SA officials, finishing second in his first-round heat, but he again fell well short of the 45.30 .

Having clocked 45.20 in Pretoria in March, he must set the standard again in an international meeting to satisfy South Africa's stringent qualifying criteria and book his place in the men's individual one-lap sprint at the London Games.

After struggling to achieve the standard on the European circuit in recent months, the African Championships offers his last chance, along with a host of other South African athletes, to qualify for the global sporting showpiece.

Pistorius lines up in the 400m semi-finals on Thursday afternoon.

If he does not reach the qualifying mark in Benin, he is nonetheless likely to compete in the 4x400m relay in the English capital.

He made history at last year's World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, when he became the first amputee to win a medal on the track at the global championships as part of the SA 4x400m relay squad that clinched silver.


  • Patrick Cawood - 2012-06-27 20:30

    Qualify and then not make it through the heats at the Olympics....

      munier.parker - 2012-06-27 21:16

      Thats nasty. So what if they dont get through the heats?. Him being there will do more for hope for himself and others to inspire them. The heats are really important for our country btw ... its for publicity (obviously). Well ... meet the SA publicity King Pin. He has no legs.

      Patrick Cawood - 2012-06-27 22:45

      Oscar will do as proud in the Para Olympics Let him concentrate at winning all the events he competes in there Whats the point of making up numbers and coming nowhere in an event where many think he should not be allowed to compete in It's another thing if he had a chance of reaching a final

      Warren - 2012-06-27 22:49

      @ Munier. This has got nothing to do with Oscars personal morale, SA publicity or hope. If Oscar wants to equal treatment he must be treated equally. Don't forget that him being there means some other hard working athlete won't be. At least Oscar gets to compete in the paralympics too

  • Andre Daniels - 2012-06-27 21:17

    good. he doesn't belong there.

      delish7564 - 2012-06-27 23:14

      Why would you say such an unpleasant thing? I'd like to see you try and do what he does given his disability.

      Warren - 2012-06-28 00:59

      @ Delish. Oscar should compete on an equal no blades. Exactly like Natalie DuToit competes without add-ons. I'm not anti Oscar, but he has a tournament already (Paralympics). He shouldn't be able to compete in both while some other athlete gets left out.

      Pieter - 2012-06-28 09:31

      100% korek! Soos Snorre gesĂȘ het, as jy saam met die groot honde wil hardloop, moet jy jou been kan lig saam met die groot honde. As Oscar nie goed genoeg is nie, tuff!! Daai blades gee hom buitendien 'n unfair advantage. Hoe vinnig dink julle sal Bolt hardloop as hy blades onder sy sole vasmaak?

  • Andre Daniels - 2012-06-27 21:19

    Good. He doesn't belong there.

  • delish7564 - 2012-06-27 23:11

    Amazing guy. What a fantastic role model for young athletes!

  • Alan Forbes - 2012-06-28 03:35

    I really hope he makes it, he fully deserves to be there, he is an inspiration to all and is breaking ground for people with disabilities and making a huge mind shift for able bodied people. Go Oscar! For the record I ran competitively and spent 15 months training with the Jamaican sprint team prior to their clean sweep in Beijing and i would have welcomed racing Oscar. He is a superstar!

  • anwar.daniels - 2012-06-28 08:43

    sorry, but he shouldn't be there from the start. What are they going to do to up his times.. Tweek his prosthetics? It will start to be/ is an unfair advantage

  • deborah.bergstedt - 2012-06-28 09:57

    He is "disabled" and shld nt b competing in the Olympics in the 1st place - He belongs in the Para Olympics!!! Finish & Klaar

  • Warren - 2012-06-28 13:07

    News 24 your vote is seriously stupid. The choices should be "yes" or "no" without any qualifying or coaching statements added. On top of that both answers mean similar things. Your Question Do SA Paralympian stars Oscar Pistorius and Natalie du Toit get sufficient recognition? Your Answers 64% Definitely not. They'll both multiple world record holders and deserve to be treated the same as able-bodied athletes 36% I'm afraid Paralympian athletes just won't ever be viewed in the same light Seriously????? One could agree with both answers. In future keep it simple...yes or no choices.

      Warren - 2012-06-28 20:42

      OK so you guys giving me thumbs down are obviously saying "because we're too thick to think for ourselves we require added bits to the answers" even if they could be construed as steering a result. Does the following sentence not make sense? They're both multiple world record holders and deserve to be treated the same as able-bodied athletes but I'm afraid Paralympian athletes just won't ever be viewed in the same light. The whole sentence is perfectly reasonable, not contradictory and therefore illogical to be put forward as opposing views.

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