The Straits Times
Published on Sep 07, 2012

Paralympics: Pistorius loses 'Battle of the Blade Runners'


LONDON (AFP) - Britain's Jonnie Peacock on Thursday sprinted to glory in the Paralympics' show-piece final, stripping "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius of another title with a lightning-quick 100m.

The 19-year-old, who holds the world record of 10.85sec in the straight sprint, again proved he is the fastest amputee runner in the world by taking gold at the Olympic Stadium in east London in a new Paralympic record of 10.90sec.

Pistorius, 25, was just out of the medals in fourth, clocking 11.17sec behind compatriot, friend and room-mate Arnu Fourie, who took bronze in 11.08sec and United States sprinter Richard Browne, who won silver in 11.03sec.

A stunned Peacock described his win as "amazing" while the South African star was magnanimous in defeat and said the Briton's performance was just the start of a stellar career.