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Pistorius predicts hard race in London Paralympics

(Xinhua)

09:19, August 29, 2012

LONDON, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Oscar Pistorius said that the most highly-anticipated race of the London 2012 Paralympic Games - men's T44 100 meters final will be difficult to win.

The South African is the defending champion, but has more recently focused on qualifying for the Olympic Games over 400m.

Only last week the 25-year-old raced for the first time over 100m in 16 months.

"I think it's important to note I haven't run a 100m personal best in five years," said Pistorius, who will also race in the 200m, 400m and 4x100m relay.

"It's not really my event so, although I do feel threatened, I don't feel helpless. As Jonnie and those guys focus on the 100m, my focus is on the 400m, on the opposite side of the spectrum when it comes to sprinting.

"If I can just get in the top three I think I'd be very happy.

"My focus is on trying to defend my titles, but then I have to be realistic and say the 400m and the 200m are the events I am better suited at."

Pistorius, who will carry the South African flag for the first time at Wednesday's opening ceremony, revealed he had lost 11 kilograms since Beijing 2008, but had spent the last three weeks in the gym to bulk up as much as possible for the shorter sprints.

The first round of the men's T44 100m takes place on Wednesday 5 September.

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