gunning for oscar

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

BEIJING - Jim Bizzell has admitted that it will be difficult for him to beat Oscar Pistorius at the 2008 Paralympic Games but the American maintained that he will be able to overcome the South African in future.

But Bizzell could not say when he will be ready to upset the celebrated "Blade Runner".

He was speaking after Pistorius won gold in the men's 200m T44 at the packed Bird's Nest on Saturday night.

Pistorius led from start to finish to claim gold with a new Paralympic record of 21,67 seconds. It was his second gold at the ongoing Beijing Games after winning the 100m T44 gold last Tuesday.

He should complete a treble in the 400m tomorrow.

Bizzell, who had to have part of his left leg amputated after a motorbike accident 17 months ago, will also run the 400.

"I will see what happens in the 400m but I don't see myself beating Oscar here," said the Paralympics first-timer who won silver in 22,62.

Britain's Ian Jones came third in 23,00.

Pistorius, who was backed by a big crowd, said he felt strong on the night.

"It was a beautiful and amazing race," he said. "I knew that the crowd was cheering for me and I did not want to let them down. I anticipate a good run in the 400m which is also my favourite."

He confessed that he has been inspired by Usain Bolt's success at the Beijing Olympics.

Pistorius' victory was celebrated by Johnny Clegg and Juluka's hit song, Impi that reverberated through the packed stadium.

The song was well received by many South Africans who sang along.

Other nationals, including a horde of Chinese, were seen mimicking the lyrics but they struggled to say "impi, wo nansi impi iyeza. Obani 'bengathinta amabhubesi?"

    nMcelwa Nchabeleng is in Beijing as a guest of Sasol)