Oscar Pistorius, Milano 2011, photo by PhotoRun.net
When I was fortunate enough to meet Oscar Pistorius at the Nike Prefontaine Classic last year, I was taken by how relaxed he was. Oscar was obviously comfortable with the press, not searching it out, but understanding that this was part of his sporting life. He has fascinated many in the general sports audience, and has fascinated many in the track public.
Running 45.20 shows how much of an athlete Oscar really is, and note here, that the young man has the potential to run much, much faster.
Pistorius told a story to the media with him at Pre, which was NBC staff and myself, about his childhood. He and his brother were typical boys, and his older brother had a go kart. They would take it down the steep hill by their home, with the rule that they stopped a couple of driveways down the hill, in order not to get too fast or go into cross traffic.
Well, one day, the older brother allowed Oscar on the go kart. They picked up speed. They did not go into the first two driveways so they were seriously picking up speed. Oscar noted, in retelling the story, that they were heading towards the cross traffic.
It was then, that Oscar's brother asked for one of his legs with a sneaker on it. Strongly grasping Oscar's artificial leg with sneaker, Oscar's brother used the sneaker as a brake.
The smell of rubber was intense as the sneaker and artificial leg did its work, slowing down the go kart with the two young boys from heading into cross-traffic.
Oscar smiled telling us this story, he said that it was then that he knew his legs could be special.
We look forward to seeing Oscar Pistorious this summer...
BAR (MNE, Mar 17): European Champion Nadezhda Ostapchuk of Belarus achieved the top result of the first day of the 12th edition of European Cup Winter Throwing which was held in Bar, first top event in Montenegro. She got 20.28 in round five and even better 20.29 in the last throw of the women shot put. German Nadine Kleinert second (19.12) ahead of her team-mate Josephine Terlecki (18.59) and Russian European Indoor Champion from last year Anna Avdeyeva (18.40). In second women event of the day Slovenian win for Martina Ratej in the javelin with solid 63.59 in round two. British Goldie Sayers with 62.75 was second and third and last with 60+ was Russian Marina Maksimova 60.33. Dutch Eric Cadee won men´s discus with 64.09 from fourth round over Turkish record holder Ercument Olgundeniz who was leading from second throw 63.59. Bronze for another Dutch thrower Rutger Smith 63.30. Fourth overall was the winner of the B-competition German Martin Wierig (62.44). Hammer throw this time did not come over 76 meters. Russian winner Kirill Ikonnikov achieved 75.95 beating Belarus Siarhei Kolomoets 75.15 and Hungarian Kristof Nemeth 74.23. Italian European 2010 medalist Nicola Vizzoni was fourth 73.36. In the U23 competitions first two gold medals for Scandinavian athletes. Sanni Utriainen the 2010 World junior champion won the women javelin (57.39) and Norwegian senior record holder Eivind Henriksen the hammer (73.62). In women U23 shot put German win for Sophie Kleeberg (17.42, third Turkish 16 years old Emel Dereli with national junior and youth record 16.87). And finally in men´s U23 discus joy for the home country as Danijel Furtula (silver winner from European juniors in Tallinn 2011) won and achieved national senior record for Montenegro 60.24 m.
PRETORIA (RSA, Mar 17): Oscar Pistorius opened his 400 m season in great way. In the heats of the Provincial Championships (North Gauteng Province) he clocked his second fastest career mark and olympic qualifier 45.20. He was only faster once last year in Lignano meet with 45.07 in July in Italy. Pistorius did not run the final which was won by Jacques de Swardt in 46.14 ahead of Willem de Beer 46.16. Conditions were sunny with almost no wind. First international races are planned for Pistorius in Ostrava on May 25 and Hengelo on May 27 at IAAF World Challenge meetings. Before that he will run at BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.
POTCHESFTROOM (RSA, Mar 17): At the Championships of the North-West Province Tsholofelo Thipe clocked 23.31 to win the women 200 m. She is returning to competition after giving birth to a baby girl in 2010. Thipe is national 100 m and 400 m champion from 2009.
KERZERS (SUI, Mar 17): Kenyans dominated the 34th Kerzerslauf at 15 km. Geoffrey Ndungu clocked 43:47 ahead of Kadengoi Loitareng 43:51 and Dickson Kurui 44:29. Best European was the Swiss Stephane Joly as 11th (48:37). Caroline Chepwkony was the best female runner in 49:43 what is new course record. Second another Kenyan Rose Chelimo 50:32 and third Jane Muia also from Kenya 51:34. Best European was the fourth placer Beata Rakonczai of Hungary in 51:35. In total 8780 runners participated, new record.
CHONGQING (CHN, Mar 17): To add best Chinese male runner Dong Guojian in 2:15:03.
BAILE FELIX (ROU, Mar 17): National CC Champions are Nicolae Soare in the men´s 10 km and Ancuta Bobocel in women´s 8 km.
VAL DE REUIL (FRA, Mar 17): Ken Romain clocked 6.78 in the 60 m to win the French junior indoor title.
ILTON (GBR, Mar 17): Aviva English Schools Cross Country Championships saw Jonathan Davies to win the senior boys race in 23:02 over Kieran Clements 23:09. Emily Gorecka won the senior girls in 14:46 clearly beating Jessica Judd 15:09.
BLOOMINGTON (USA, Mar 17): Former world class sprinter Bill Collins etched his name next to a pair of world marks set at the US Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships. He reached world mark in the M60 60m (7.58) and anchored the Houston Elite M60 4x200m (1:41.53). For Collins the two world records were a true sign that he is completely healed. His journey over the past year left Collins fighting for more than just to continue his career as a masters athlete. His bests were 10.24 and 20.49 in the early eighties. Informs USATF website.