South Africa's Oscar Pistorius storms to 400m gold

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius celebrates winning Gold in a new Paralympic Record time during the Men's 400m - T44 Final
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius celebrates winning gold in the T44 Men's 400m final Photo: John Walton/PA Wire

Oscar Pistorius has won the men's T44 400m gold, in the final athletics event of the Paralympic Games.

The South African stormed across the line in 46.68 secs, achieving a new Paralympic record.

The USA's Blake Leeper and David Prince won Silver and Bronze respectively.

Oscar Pistorius achieved a new Paralympic Record
Oscar Pistorius achieved a new Paralympic Record Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Brazil's Alan Oliveria - who had been considered Pistorius' nearest challenger - finished fourth.

Oscar Pistorius was well ahead of the field as he crossed the finish line
Oscar Pistorius was well ahead of the field as he crossed the finish line

After his victory, Pistorius praised the "phenomenal" Paralympic Games.

This is one of the most amazing competitions I've ever been a part of, it's been a privilege to be here.

I think everybody's perceptions of disabled sport has changed. The Paralympic movement is phenomenal. It has been the most phenomenal thing.

Speaking on Channel 4, London 2012 chairman Lord Coe described Pistorius' win as "absolutely majestic".

Paralympic legend Tanni Grey-Thompson told BBC Radio 5 Live:

I think it's how the athletics had to end. It was perfect having Oscar Pistorius as the last event. He was despondent about his other events, so for him it's a huge amount of relief.

Oscar Pistorius holds South's Africa's flag
Oscar Pistorius holds South's Africa's flag Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

Great Britain's Jonnie Peacock who won gold in the men's 100 metre T44 final tweeted:

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Well done to @oscarpistorius as iffff it was ever in doubt!! Hes a master wen it comes to the 400... The legend in @paralympic sport! #beast

The author Tony Parsons tweeted:

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Oscar Pistorius has transcended his sport as a sportsman does once a generation - changing minds is the greatest victory of all.