Pistorius to run in Oregon

2012-06-01 16:08

Eugene - Oscar Pistorius will compete in the men’s 400m at the Prefontaine Classic tomorrow as the fourth leg of the Samsung Diamond League gets underway in Oregon.

Pistorius needs 45.30sec order to qualify for the Olympic Games. He had a hard time achieving the required standard in Ostrava and Hengelo on 25 and 27 May, where he clocked 47.66sec and 46.35sec respectively.  The 25-year-old reached his first Olympic Qualifier in Pretoria on 17 March at the Gauteng North Championships where he was timed at 45.20sec.

Olympic Champion Shawn Merritt (USA), World Champion Kirani James (GRN), 400m hurdles Olympic champion Angelo Taylor (USA) and the 400m Olympics silver medallist Jeremy Wariner (USA) will line up with Pistorius in the 400m.  All these athletes all have times under 45 seconds this season, with Merritt’s best clocked at 44.19sec.