Pistorius wins Paralympic gold

LONDON — Oscar Pistorius captured his first gold medal of the London Paralympics, helping South Africa win the 400-meter relay in a world-record time at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday.


The double amputee, known as “Blade Runner,” anchored the team home in a time of 41.78 seconds. South Africa set the previous record at 42.50 in February.

It is Pistorius’ fifth Paralympic gold across three games. He won the 200 in Athens in 2004 and the 100, 200 and 400 in Beijing in 2008.

He has already won a silver in the 200 in London after being edged by Alan Oliveira, of Brazil, in Sunday’s final.

Pistorius accused Oliveira of gaining an unfair advantage by running on lengthened blades in the event, but the International Paralympic Committee said Wednesday there is no evidence to back up the complaint.

South Africa’s National Paralympic Committee had requested that an urgent investigation be opened into the matter.

Craig Spence, the IPC’s director of communications, says “we met with coaches of the relevant athletes” and “there was quite a look of shock on the coaches’ faces when we put this to them.”

Spence added there will be no further investigation because “at the moment, there is no evidence.”

Pistorius will go for gold in the 100 today.

POWERLIFTER BANNED: The International Paralympic Committee said Brazilian powerlifter Bruno Pinheiro Carra will miss the Para­lympics after picking up a nine-month ban for doping.

Carra tested positive for a banned diuretic during an out-of-competition test before the games. He was provisionally suspended on Aug. 31, preventing him from competing in that day’s powerlifting event.

Carra told an initial hearing that he believed the substance might have been in green tea capsules he had consumed – even though it wasn’t listed on the product label.

Subsequent analysis by Britain’s Drug Control Centre confirmed the diuretic’s presence in the capsules.

However, the International Paralympic Committee said “it is the responsibility of both the athlete and athlete support personnel to be knowledgeable of and comply with all anti-doping rules and policies.”