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06 Sep 2012

Golden South Africa

First gold medal at London 2012 for Oscar Pistorius, thanks to the 4x100m relay

One of the most eagerly awaited competitions yesterday evening at the Olympic Stadium was the 4x100m relay T42/46, with the come-back of Oscar Pistorius together with his team mates: Samkelo Radebe, Zivan Smith and Arnu Fourie. The race certainly lived up to expectations, with the South African team not only winning the gold, but also setting a new world record with a time of 41”78. In the other finals of the sprint events, two athletes excelled themselves: Italy's Martina Caironi won the gold in the 100m T42 setting a new world record, 15”87; in the 100m T11, Brazil's Terezinha Guilhermina won her second gold medal at London 2012, after the one in the 200m, also setting a new world record with a time of 12"01. Still yesterday, five athletes set the world record in the finals of the throw disciplines: Italy's Assunta Legnante in the Shot Put F11/12, with a 16.74m throw; Cuba's Leonardo Diaz in the discus throw F54/55/56, with a 44.63m throw; China's Dong Xia in the Shot Put F37/38, with 17.52m; China's Liwan Yang who, after winning in the Shot Put, sealed yet another victory in the javelin F54/55/56 with a 17.89m throw; China's Pengkai Zhu in the javelin F12/12, with a 64.38m throw. Gold and world record also for Russia's Gocha Khugaev in the long jump F37/38, with a 6.31m jump.