Oscar loses first race for seven years
World record-holder Oscar Pistorius lost a 100m race for the first time in seven years yesterday when he was beaten in a photo-finish at the world championships for disabled athletes in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The South African double amputee was beaten into second place by Jerome Singleton, a 24-year-old single-leg amputee from the US. Both finished in 11.34sec - a season's best - with Pistorius on his twin-blade prosthetics at a slight disadvantage in light rain.
Pistorius's world record stands at 10.91sec. Earlier in the championships he won the 200m in his category.
Singleton is the first US man to win gold in the 100m at the world championships or Paralympic Games since 2004. At the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, Pistorius beat Singleton by 0.3sec to win gold .
Bronze went to Alan Fonteles Cardosa Oliveira of Brazil in 11.43sec. He denied South Africa's Arnu Fourie the chance of a medal. Oliveira and Fourie were credited with the same time.
After being built up as a threat to Pistorius and Singleton, not even a personal season's best by American Blake Leeper (11.57sec) could get him close to the podium as he ended fifth.
In a virtual rerun of the race from the last Paralympic Games, which Pistorius won by 0.03sec, Singleton held a lead after 50m. Pistorius then staged a comeback to draw level with Singleton on the line, but it was not enough for victory. It was the first time that Pistorius had been beaten in a major championships since the 2004 Athens Olympics.
South Africa's Fanie van der Merwe was beaten into second place in the 200m. He was edged out in the men's 200m final (T37) by Sofiance Hamdi of Algeria in 23.64sec.
South Africa won gold in the men's pentathlon this week with Hilton Langenhoven clinching it with 3308 points.