The Straits Times
Published on Sep 05, 2012

Paralympics: Pistorius returns to defend 100m gold


LONDON (AFP) - South Africa's Oscar Pistorius returns to the track on Wednesday, days after he suffered his first 200m defeat in nine years and complained that his competitors had an unfair advantage.

The 25-year-old star, the most high-profile athlete at the London Games after he became the first double-amputee to compete at the Olympics last month, is out to defend his T44 100m title and goes in the heats from 1800 GMT.

Organisers have billed the showpiece straight sprint as the race of the competition, with all eight finallists capable of running under 11secs. The field includes Britain's Jonnie Peacock, the current world record holder with 10.85sec.

Peacock, 19, lost his right leg below-the-knee to meningitis at the age of five, and trains under Dan Pfaff, who coached Canada's Donovan Bailey to Olympic 100m gold in Atlanta in 1996.