Pistorius Doesn't Medal in Bid to Defend Title

He loses in 100 meters, is no longer world's fastest amputee
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2012 6:30 PM CDT
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, left, who finished 4th, congratulates teammate Arnu Fourie, who won bronze.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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(Newser) – It's shaping up to be a Paralympics to forget for Oscar Pistorius. In his bid to defend his title as the "world's fastest amputee," the South African failed to even make the medal stand, reports AP. He finished fourth in today's 100-meter race, while British 19-year-old Jonnie Peacock won the gold. Unlike his loss in the 200 meters, after which Pistorius accused the winner of getting an unfair boost from lengthened prosthetics, Pistorius took today's loss gracefully.

"For me not to be able to defend my title, but to see a performance and to be beaten by an athlete like that, makes me extremely happy," Pistorius said of Peacock. "He really epitomizes professional sprinting—not just as a Paralympic athlete but as one of the world's best." Pistorius did win a gold yesterday as part of the 400-meter relay team.

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