Pistorius starts defense with record

AFP-JIJI

Oscar Pistorius on Saturday began the defence of his three Paralympic sprint titles with a bang, breaking the world record in the T44 200 meters to qualify for the final.

The 25-year-old “Blade Runner” stormed round the bend and pushed through to clock 21.30 seconds, just weeks after becoming the first double-amputee to compete in the Olympics.

“I just wanted to come out tonight and have a good race,” he said. “It makes me so happy to be here. I’m happy with the time. Tomorrow’s the big race (the final) and I am looking forward to it.

“To run in front of such an amazing stadium is mind-blowing.”