Surrendering a second Paralympic title in London,a chastened Oscar Pistorius was gracious in defeat this time.
Four days after suggesting a rival bent the rules to take away his 200-metre title,Pistorius the original Blade Runner didnt even make the podium for the showpiece 100 final on Thursday.
The 2008 Beijing champion had to settle for fourth place in the Olympic Stadium,even finishing behind compatriot Arnu Fourie,who earned the bronze medal. It was British teenager Jonnie Peacock who claimed the glory,roared to gold by an 80,000-strong home crowd,in 10.90 seconds.
For me not to be able to defend my title,but to see a performance and to be beaten by an athlete like that,makes me extremely happy, Pistorius said of the 19-year-old world-record holder.
He really epitomises professional sprinting not just as a Paralympic athlete but as one of the worlds best. And to be part of that race,even if I didnt finish on the podium,was a blessing.
Pistorius,the double amputee,was not bothered about being upstaged in the T43 classification race by roommate Fourie,who is two years his senior and narrowly edged him a tight finish. I saw my name come up in third place when we crossed the line and I was quite happy … and when I actually saw that Arnu had beaten me I think I was more happy that I came fourth, said Pistorius. I am going to celebrate his medal with him tonight.
The pleasure was a far cry from the bitter aftermath on Sunday when Pistorius accused 200 winner Alan Oliveira of using lengthened blades to depose him as Paralympic champion. The Brazilian could place only seventh in the shorter sprint,a place behind world champion Jerome Singleton of the United States.