Jonnie Peacock Beats Oscar Pistorius
Thursday's "Battle of the Blade Runners," a final event that pits amputee runners against one another in a 100m sprint, saw the victory of Paralympic newcomer Jonnie Peacock, 19, from Britain, who won the gold in the event and set a new Paralympic record of 10.90 seconds in it.
Peacock, a single-leg amputee who lost his right limb at the age of five after battling a case of meningitis, also holds the record for the Paralympic track and field trials 100m at 10.85 seconds. Furthermore, there were two more people between Peacock and the celebrated South African "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius, 25, who came in fourth and failed to place a medal — fellow South African, friend and roomate Arnu Fourie, who took the bronze at 11.08 seconds, and U.S. runner Richard Browne, who nabbed the silver with 11.03.
Pistorius, who previously took issue with the victory of Alan Oliveira over him in the 200m final, had nothing but kind words for Peacock. "I can't imagine how happy he must be to do this in front of his home crowd," he told Britain's Channel 4. "Well done, it's a great time for him. He's still young and he's got a great future ahead of him."
For his own part, Pistorius and his T42-46 team (single and double below-the-knee amputees and upper limb amputees) secured the gold the 4x100m relay event on Thursday for South Africa.
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