Golden South Africa

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


06-Sep-2012

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.