By Mark Etheridge
Our Oscar Pretorius had to settle for bronze in the Scottish senior track and field championships in Pitreavie on Sunday.
The man they call Blade Runner, because of his carbon fibre legs, took third spot in the 200 metre sprint, with a time of 22.20 seconds, behind Fife winner Ryan Oswald (21.94sec).
Pistorius, 22, admitted that he had wanted gold after Springbok rugby star Bryan Habana sent him a text reading ‘we’ve done our bit now it’s up to you’ after they had beaten the Lions 26-21 on Saturday.
Pistorius holds three disabled world records but runs against able-bodied athletes in his bid to qualify for this year’s IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Berlin, Germany.
Said Pistorius: ‘This was my fourth or fifth 200m in the last couple of years, but it was good to get a fast run in against some top competition. When I got the chance to race in Scotland I wasn’t sure what to expect. But my expectations of the country have been surpassed.
ÔÇ£Brian (Habana) wished me luck but told me after their win I had to make it a double. Unfortunately I will have to get back to him and say that I failed, but it was a great race.
ÔÇ£I’ve a Scottish medal, and honestly I will treasure it. It will take pride of place in my home and remind me of a great weekend.
ÔÇ£Now have to focus on my main event which is the 400m. I have to run faster to qualify for the World Championships.ÔÇØ