1 Sep 2011

Pistorius leads off for South Africa

6:07 pm on 1 September 2011

The double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius led off his 4x400 relay team at the world track and field championships in Korea and says he's extremely proud to help South Africa qualify for the final with a new national record.

The IAAF ordered Pistorius, who runs with carbon fibre prosthetic blades in place of his lower legs, to take the first leg to "avoid danger to other athletes".

The 24-year-old delivered the baton smoothly to Ofentse Mogawane, before Willem de Beer and Shane Victor brought South Africa home in third behind the United States and Jamaica in the first heat.

Britain, Germany, Belgium, Russia and Kenya also qualified for tomorrow's final in Daegu.