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Oscar falls short in Oslo

Oscar Pistorius’s┬á bid to qualify for next month’s IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Berlin hit another hurdle in Norway Friday.

South Africa’s Beijing 2008 Paralympics star is out to qualify over the 400 metre distance but to do that he needs to run a time of 45.55sec.

Competing at the second Golden League meeting of the year at the Bislett Games in  Oslo the Pretoria athlete clocked 47.18 sec when finishing second in the B 400m-race.

That was still the fastest time of the year for the remarkable double amputee, who was involved in a serious boating accident in February, but he was well beaten by Britain’s Richard Strachan who won in 45.86 sec.

It was 22-year-old Pistorius’s best time of the year and improved his time by 0.06sec, since his last race in Milan, Italy.

But still not good enough for Berlin yet. In fact no other SA athlete this year has reached the qualifying mark, Pieter Smith’s 45.63 being the quickest.