London: Oscar Pistorius made a triumphant return to the track on Wednesday night, winning gold with his South African teammates in the men’s 4x100m relay and setting a new world record at the Paralympic Games in London.
“It’s easy to be gracious when you win, but to be humble when you lose is not as easy — and I’ve had to learn that,” Pistorius said after bouncing back from his 200m upset last week.
The relay team clocked 41.78 seconds, knocking three-quarters of a second off their old T42/46 record of 42.50, which they set in February. “We came out here to break a world record and we smashed it,” Pistorius said.
“In the call room everyone else was excited, jumping up and down, but our team sat there quietly. We each knew what we had to do and it makes me so proud to be a part of this team, with these guys.”
Samkelo Radebe, Zivan Smith, Arnu Fourie and anchor man Pistorius set the stadium alight as they exchanged batons — in the form of an arm tap – leading each leg of the race.
“We each had a quarter of a job to do and Samkelo got off to an amazing start. Zivan held his own in the longest leg of the relay — he just did what he had to do,” Pistorius said.
China’s team jumped into second place in 42.98 and Germany celebrated a medal position with their time of 45.23.
Meanwhile, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) says that Brazilian powerlifter Bruno Pinheiro Carra will miss the Paralympics Games after picking up a nine-month ban for doping.
Carra tested positive for a banned diuretic during an out-of-competition test before the Paralympics. He was provisionally suspended on August 31, preventing him from competing in that day’s powerlifting event.
Carra told an initial hearing that he believed the substance may have been in green tea capsules he had consumed - even though it wasn’t listed on the product label.
Subsequent analysis by Britain’s Drug Control Centre confirmed the diuretic’s presence in the capsules.
However, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said “it is the responsibility of both the athlete and athlete support personnel to be knowledgeable of and comply with all anti-doping rules and policies.”