Oscar Pistorius and South African 4x100m Relay Team Win In World Record Time
Back for his second round of competition in London this summer, Oscar Pistorius was set to anchor his South African T42-46 4×100m relay team on the track Wednesday. The double amputee brought home the final leg of the relay in a world record time of 41.78 seconds to beat their previous record of 42.50 set back in February. The top spot in London was Pistorius’ fifth of his career. He had finished first in the 200m in Athens in 2004 and in the 100m, 200m and 400m in Beijing in 2008.
The 25-year old South African helped a team comprised of Samkelo Radebe, Zivan Smith, Arnu Fourie and the “Blade Runner” himself, to beat out strong Brazilian and American teams who were pitted as their biggest competition. In the end both teams were disqualified due to changeover problems. As a result the Chinese team was bumped up to second place with a time of 42.98, while Germany’s relay team moved into third with their time of 45.23.
“Our team remained calm before the race and we each knew what we had to do,” said Pistorius after the race. “We came out here to break the world record and we smashed it. It makes me proud to be a part of this team with these guys tonight."
Pistorius also competed in the individual 200m sprint earlier in the week, placing second behind Brazil’s Alan Oliveira. He will square off against the likes of American Blake Leeper and Great Britain’s Jonnie Peacock Thursday in the 100m finals. Peacock was the only runner to qualify faster than Pistorius, when he ran a personal best 11.08.
In related track and field news, Kat Hart finished in third place in the women’s 4×100m relay as a member of the British team.
Congratulations to Pistorius and the South African team on their record-breaking accomplishment as well at Kat and the Aussie relay team.