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"Medallists GOLD PEACOCK Jonnie GBR - Great Britain SILVER BROWNE Richard USA - United States of America BRONZE FOURIE Arnu RSA - South Africa LONDON, 6 September - A pair of British victories less than 10 minutes apart, with wheelchair racer David WEIR (GBR) and lower-leg amputee sprinter Jonnie PEACOCK (GBR) triumphing in two of the most high-profile athletics events at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, sent the Olympic Stadium spectators into euphoria on Thursday night. PEACOCK succeeded Beijing 100m champion Oscar PISTORIUS (RSA) as the man to beat in the T44 men's 100m with a superb start that saw him ahead after just 10m. It was a lead that he was never to relinquish despite being pressed hard all the way to the line, which he crossed in a Paralympic record of 10.90, just 0.05 away from his own world record set earlier this summer.The 19-year-old Briton showed his maturity by living up to all the expectations heaped on his young shoulders, as the roars of 'PEACOCK, PEACOCK' rang out around the Olympic Stadium prior to the gun being fired. The unheralded Richard BROWNE (USA) provided a challenge from an unexpected direction and finished second in a personal best 11.03. ""It's surreal. For the past four days I've been in the Village. I've been trying to keep focus for that time but when you've got guys like David (WEIR, GBR) going out and getting golds you just want to go out and be a part of that. It hasn't really sunk in yet. I don't think it will ever sink in. When I crossed the line and I'd won I was waiting for the time of the board and it was a relief to win."" - Jonnie PEACOCK said For further information, please visit http://www.paralympic.org. To watch live action and videos on demand of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and subscribe to ParalympicSport.TV, please go towww.youtube.com/ParalympicSportTV. Also, you may follow the Paralympic Movement on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ParalympicGames or on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/paralympic."
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Oscar Pistorius (The Blade Runner) runs in 400M London Summer Olympics 2012. (He's also competing in the London Summer Paralympics Live) Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/okoknoInc Our Blog: http://okoknoinc.blogspot.ca/2012/08/oscar-pistorius-runs-400m-london-summer.html Update: So sad to see somebody who had come over so much diversity and inspire others, to fall so low with this murder charge of killing his girlfriend. Men's 400m Semifinals Heat 2 LONDON SUMMER OLYMPICS 2012 RESULTS 44.59 1 Grenada JAMES Kirani 44.67 2 Bahamas BROWN Chris 44.99 3 Belgium BORLEE Jonathan 45.31 4 USA McQUAY Tony 45.39 5 Russian DYLDIN Maksim 45.64 6 Great Britain LEVINE Nigel 46.22 7 Venezuela BRAVO Albert 46.54 8 South Africa PISTORIUS Oscar 400m competition format The basics The 400m starts with a staggered bend, with athletes running a full circuit of the track. Competition format The competition starts with heats. The number of heats and the number of athletes progressing to the next round depends on the number of athletes competing. In each heat the fastest athletes go through, as well as a set number of the fastest losers across all the heats. The following rounds run on the same format, until eight athletes are through to compete in the final. The draw to determine which heat athletes run in is decided by their initial seedings (based on previous performance) for the first round, and then their performances after that. This ensures that the highest seeded athletes are not drawn in the same heat. In the first round, an athlete's lane allocation is drawn by lot, and in subsequent rounds it is dependent on their performance. The highest-seeded athletes are drawn in the centre lanes. Keys to success In sprint races, the time separating athletes can be as little as one hundredth of a second, requiring a photo finish. A good start is crucial, as is technique while running and the quality of the finish. The winning athletes must be relaxed but perfectly focused on their race. Breaking the rules The most dramatic error for spectators, and arguably the most cruel for athletes, is the false start. Once in the set position on the blocks, any athlete moves off the starting blocks either before the gun has fired or within 0.10 sec of the gun firing is disqualified. Athletes can also be penalised for running out of their lane or obstructing another athlete.
Gold: Zheng Tao (China)
Silver: Jia Hongguang (China)
Bronze: Sebastian Iwanov (Germany)
Iaroslav Semenenko (Ukraine)
Matthew Haanappel (Australia)
Swen Michaelis (Germany)
Jawad Kadhim Joudah Joudah (Iraq)
Aaron Rhind (Australia)
Men's swimming 100m Backstroke S6 Final from the London 2012 Paralympic
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global
governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer
and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation
for nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World
Championships and other competitions. The IPC is committed to enabling
Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to develop sport
opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to
elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic
values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.
For further information, please visit http://www.paralympic.org. To
watch live action and videos on demand of the London 2012 Paralympic
Games, and subscribe to ParalympicSport.TV, please go to
www.youtube.com/ParalympicSportTV. Also, you may follow the Paralympic
Movement on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ParalympicGames or on
Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/paralympic.