Double amputee Oscar Pistorius fails to qualify for men's 400m final
Published 29/08/2011 | 13:29
Oscar Pistorius' tilt at a place in the men's 400m final ended in disappointment as he finished last in his semi-final at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu.
With one year to go until the London 2012 Paralympics the script was perfectly set up for the double amputee but he found the going too tough, finishing in eighth position with a time of 46.19 secs, more than a second short of his personal best.
Jermaine Gonzales of Jamaica won the third of three semi-finals with a time of 44.99 sec but Pistorius will have another shot at glory in Daegu when he competes as part of the South African relay team.
"I'm very happy to have had the opportunity to be here and I'll have to work on it," said Pistorius.
"I've run with most of these guys before but in a competition like this they are all running at a world class level.
For Pistorius to make the semi-final remains an incredible achievement and the Pretoria-based athlete paid tribute to the impact his time in Paralympic sport has had on his career.
"I'm very proud to be a Paralympian," he added. "From the beginning of my career I've learned a lot from Paralympic sport and I feel I have more to learn."
Olympic and world champion LaShawn Merritt, back from a 21-month doping ban, was the fastest qualifier in 44.76s as Martyn Rooney went out, finishing seventh in his semi in 46.09.