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Pistorius finishes up with individual gold

LONDON - “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius on Saturday ended the last full day of competition of the London Paralympics by storming to victory in his favored event.

Pistorius, 25, had been favorite to retain his T44 400m title for single and double below-the-knee amputee sprinters. He was the only competitor to have run the event in under 50 seconds.

The result never looked in doubt, as the South African struck out on his own to lead coming into the last half-lap finished 46.68 before the crowd at the 80,000-capacity Olympic Stadium.

“It was very, very special to me,” Pistorius told Britain’s Channel 4 television. “It was the last event of my season, the last event of the London 2012 Games. Just so special.

“It was my 11th time I was able to come out on the track and I just wanted to end and give the crowd something they would appreciate and take home with them.

“I was very nervous before today’s race. I was quite tired, but the crowd just really kept me going.”

Brazil meanwhile remained unbeaten in five-a-side football, beating France 2-0 to clinch their third gold in the three Games since the sport was introduced.

AFP
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