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Pistorius gets relay gold

(From left) Samkelo Radebe, Zivan Smith, Arnu Fourie and Oscar Pistorius.

LONDON – Oscar Pistorius gained revenge for his shock 200m loss by holding off his Brazilian conqueror on the final leg of the 4x100m relay to win gold at the Olympic Stadium last night.

The 25-year-old brought the South African team home in a new world record of 41.78 seconds to crown a night which saw the great blade debate take another twist.

Pistorius was pitted in direct opposition with Alan Fonteles Oliveira and American Blake Leeper, both of whose long blades he had fiercely criticised in the wake of his shock loss on Sunday.

But he held off the Brazilian strongly down the home straight to roars from the crowd.

Brazilian and American disappointment was compounded when both teams, who had come home second and third respectively, were disqualified. It meant China and Germany took silver and bronze respectively.

Earlier Pistorius, the defending 100m champion, qualified with the second quickest time for today’s T44 final.

It was the 25-year-old’s first appearance on the track since a surprise T44 200m defeat on Sunday, where he had to settle for silver behind Alan Oliveira.

Pistorius raised concerns over the length of his opponent’s blades, claiming they were “not running in a fair race”.

But the South African later apologised for the timing of his outburst and looked focused for the 100m despite the controversy he raised, crossing the line in 11.30 seconds.

However, Great Britain’s world record holder Jonnie Peacock underlined his status as event favourite with the fastest time of 11.08 secs.

World champion Jerome Singleton finished behind Peacock, but his time of 11.46 secs was the slowest of the automatic qualifiers.

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