Pistorius storms to 400m gold

The Bolton News: Oscar Pistorius has won gold in the men's T44 400m at the Olympic Stadium Oscar Pistorius has won gold in the men's T44 400m at the Olympic Stadium

Oscar Pistorius finally won his first individual gold medal of London 2012 in the very last race at the Olympic Stadium.

The South African did not quite manage to live up to Friday's claim that he would sign off in "spectacular" fashion, but he was still a hugely convincing winner in a new Paralympic record 46.68 seconds, more than three seconds ahead of the field.

After a shock 200m loss and an expected 100m one, the 400m was the one title the 25-year-old wanted to keep hold of more than any other. It is his event, the one at which he made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympics.

And there was never any danger of an upset on Saturday night.

Pistorius came into the race with a personal best more than five seconds quicker than the next fastest in the race, none of whom had broken the 50-second barrier. Pistorius can get close to 45secs at his best.

The South African is still the biggest draw in Paralympic sport and got a huge roar when introduced to the capacity crowd.

Alan Fonteles Oliveira, the T44 200m champion whose long blades sparked furious criticism from Pistorius in the immediate aftermath of that race, was in the lane outside him and for the first half of the race looked like he might pose a challenge.

But Pistorius came into the home straight with a clear lead and, as the Brazilian tired badly, American Blake Leeper came into second and compatriot David Prince third. Oliveira was fourth. It marks the end of a long summer for the Blade Runner, who leaves London with two golds, having taken one in the relay, and a silver.

"It was very very special to me," Pistorius told Channel 4. "It was the last event of my season, the last event of the London 2012 Games. Just so special.

"It was my 11th time I was able to come out on the track and I just wanted to end and give the crowd something they would appreciate and take home with them. I was very nervous before today's race. I was quite tired but the crowd just really kept me going."

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