Alan Fonteles Cardoso Oliveira of Brazil upset South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius in the 200-meter T44 final at the London Paralympic Games.
Oliveira passed world record holder Pistorius in the last 20 meters at London’s Olympic Stadium to win in 21.45 seconds yesterday, with Pistorius second in 21.52. Blake Leeper, a 23-year-old American, got the bronze medal in 22.46.
The 25-year-old Pistorius, who was born without fibulas in both legs and is nicknamed “Blade Runner” for his J-shaped carbon fiber legs, last month became the first amputee runner to compete at the Olympic Games in the 400-meters and as part of South Africa’s 1,600-meter relay team.
Oliveira, 20, set a record for an athlete from the Americas in the final. Pistorius, who will also compete in the 100 meters, 400 meters and 400-meter relay, had set a record time of 21.33 seconds in the heats to advance.
China leads the medal standings with 35 golds and 87 in total, while Britain has 16 golds and 54 overall. Third-place Australia has 14 golds among its 43 medals. Ukraine has 13 golds and 33 in total ahead of Russia, which has 12 golds among and 34 medals.
Serbia’s Tanja Dragic won the women’s javelin F12/13 with a world record mark of 42.51, and the Ukraine’s Mariia Pomazan set a new world best in the women’s shot put F35/36 event with 1,062 points and a mark of 12.22. Kelly Cartwright of Australia set a new world mark of 1,030 points and 4.38 meters in the women’s long jump F42/44 event.
In the men’s 200-meter T46 category, Yohansson Nascimento of Brazil won the gold in a world-record time of 22.05 seconds.
The games run through Sept. 9, with more than 4,000 athletes from 164 teams competing in a series of classes depending on their impairment.