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Saturday , September 8 , 2012
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Oscar loses ‘blade’ battle

David Weir and Jonnie Peacock after winning their gold medals in 100m T44 and 800m T54, respectively, on Thursday

London: Britain’s Jonnie Peacock sprinted to glory in the Paralympics’ showpiece final, stripping “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius of another title with a lightning-quick 100m.

The 19-year-old, who holds the world record of 10.85 sec in the straight sprint, again proved he is the fastest amputee runner in the world by taking gold at the Olympic Stadium on Thursday in east London in a new Paralympic record of 10.90 sec.

Pistorius, 25, was just out of the medals in fourth, clocking 11.17sec behind compatriot, friend and room-mate Arnu Fourie, who took bronze in 11.08sec and US sprinter Richard Browne, who won silver in 11.03sec.

A stunned Peacock described his win as “amazing” while the South African star was magnanimous in defeat and said the Briton’s performance was just the start of a stellar career. “I can’t imagine how happy he must be to do this in front of his home crowd,” he said. “Well done, it’s a great time for him. He’s still young and he’s got a great future ahead of him.”

Pistorius, the T44 100m, 200m and 400m champion in Beijing, had warned that he was not favourite for the straight sprint, as he was a one-lap specialist.

British wheelchair racer David Weir provided the warm-up for the sprint kings by retaining his T54 800m title after successfully defending his 1,500m crown and winning gold in the 5,000m.

Britain’s Sarah Storey clinched her fourth gold of the Games and the 11th in her career by winning the women’s individual C4/5 road race over 64km at the Brands Hatch motor racing circuit in southeast England.

Jacqueline Freney took a national record-breaking seventh gold of the Games in the S7 400m freestyle, after team-mate Matthew Cowdrey bagged his 12th career gold and South Africa’s Natalie du Toit got her 13th.