Oscar Pistorius has released the following media statement following his second placed position at the African Championships in Benin on Friday in a time of 45.52s. The Olympic ‘A’ qualification standard for the individual 400m at the Olympic Games is 45.30s.
Said Oscar: “My race (today) felt good and I’m pleased to have won the silver medal at the African Championships. I am obviously disappointed that my time was just outside of the Olympic ‘A’ qualification time, I had felt very strong coming into this competition as my fitness and speed has been continually improving.
“I was in good shape to set the time and believe my speed will only increase over the next few weeks. I had a great early start to the season, setting the Olympic qualification time and I am hoping that there is still the opportunity for me to be selected to run for South Africa in the 4x400m relay.
“I am also extremely excited about the Paralympic Games in London and a big focus for me will be defending my three titles as well as being part of the South African team competing for a world record in the 4x100m relay at the Paralympics.”