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Fri Apr 18 00:14:11 SAST 2014

Arnu takes bronze as Oscar fades

Sapa | 07 September, 2012 06:120 Comments
2012 London Paralympics - Day 8 - Athletics
Bronze medalist Arnu Fourie of South Africa celebrates after the Men's 100m - T44 Final on day 8 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 6, 2012 in London, England
Image by: Julian Finney / Getty Images

ARNU Fourie bagged the bronze medal in the men's 100m T44 final, finishing a fraction of a second ahead of his teammate Oscar Pistorius at the Paralympic Games in London last night.

Fourie, winning South Africa's fourth medal of the day, set a new regional record of 11.08 seconds. Pistorius ran in a close fourth with a season's best of 11.18.

Jonnie Peacock ran a personal best 10.90 seconds and blue and red lights lit up the stadium in the host nation's colours to celebrate his gold medal.

Richard Browne of the US came second in 11.03.

In the customary silence before the race started, the tension mounted even further when Alan Oliveira, gold medal winner in the 200m T44 final, stumbled over the line before the gun.

The race had to be restarted and the Brazilian ended in seventh place, in 11.33.

Earlier, Natalie du Toit won her third gold medal in the pool in her swansong appearance in all forms of competitive swimming.

Slow out of the blocks as usual, Du Toit improved with every length to win the women's 200m individual medley by two clear seconds in 2:34.22.

Representing the host nation, Stephanie Millward took the silver medal in 2:36.21 and Louise Watkin the bronze in 2:27.79.

Du Toit will swim her last ever competitive race, the 100m freestyle S9 today. "I'm sad but also relieved, as well as a little bit scared," she said. "I think scared because I have no idea what I'm going to do with myself.

"So, I've got to try my best to walk away with a medal and it will be very special being my last competition. Hopefully I won't cry but I'm going to give it everything."

Hilton Langenhoven from Stellenbosch won the silver medal in the men's 400m T12 track final in a personal best time of 49.04 seconds.

Leading into the straight, he faded in the last 20m to be overtaken by Mahmoud Khaldi of Tunisia, who set a new world record of 48.52 to win gold.

Ilse Hayes took the silver medal in the women's 100m T13 final in 12.41 seconds.

Omara Durand from Cuba won the gold medal in 12 seconds flat while third place went to France's Nantenin Keita in 12.47.

Johanna Pretorius, running in the same final, held up the rear to clock 13.50.

Teboho Mokgalagadi finished fifth in the men's 200m T35 final, in a personal best time of 27.02 seconds. The race was won by Ukrainian Iurii Tsaruk who left the field in his wake after setting a new world record of 25.86.

Zandile Nhlapo was eliminated after three rounds in the women's shot put F32/33/34 final with her best heave at 6.41m.

Germany's Birgit Kober took the gold medal with her best throw at 10.25 and her nearest rival was Australia's Louise Ellery, a poor second in comparison at 5.90.

As with all the field events, a points system factors in the athlete's distance against their level of disability, leaving Nhlapo, who suffers with cerebral palsy, placed 12th overall.

At Brands Hatch, Jaco Nel crashed out of the men's individual C1-3 road race. Roberta Bargna of Italy took the gold completing his race in 1:42.51.

South Africa's four-medal haul last night kept the team in 20th position, with a total of 21 medals, comprising five gold, seven silver and nine bronze.

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