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Oscar on song in Manchester

2012-05-23 20:07
Cape Town - SA's 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius has stolen the show with an explosive 200m performance at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.

Pistorius, who owns World Records and Paralympic golds in the 100m, 200m and 400m competitions, defended his BT Paralympic World Cup title with ease.

He won in a time of 22.08 seconds, showing just how strong a contender he is for multiple Paralympic glory.

Britain's Richard Whitehead was second in a time of 26.19.

Pistorius, who opted out of competing in the 100m to concentrate on his 200m efforts, believes the support of the 5 000 strong Manchester Regional Arena crowd was the catalyst for his win.

“I think everything went according to plan, there wasn’t one aspect of the race that went badly. I came out of the blocks comfortably, accelerated neatly, my angles on the corners were fine and the home straight was neat but I felt maybe I could have gone a bit quicker but I really enjoyed the competition," he told the Paralympic World Cup's website.

“It is always a great pleasure to come here and start my season off, every year we come up to Manchester for the BT Paralympic World Cup which is always the opener for me. It was a great opening race and I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to settle in nicely after this.”

Fans also also witnessed four stunning world record-breaking performances from Great Britain’s Graeme Ballard, USA’s Jeremy Campbell and a superb double in the Women’s T42/43/44 100m.

Ballard, a Paralympic bronze medallist in Athens, won the T36-100m in 11.98secs.

Campbell threw the discus competition on its head with a 62.18m throw.

In the women’s T42/43/44 100m, Marlou van Rhijn from the Netherlands broke the T43 World Record with a time of 13.58secs, while Italy's Martina Caironi did the same in the T42 with 16.25secs.
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