LONDON -- Oscar Pistorius finished last in his semifinal of the men's 400 meters, which was won by reigning world champion Kirani James of Grenada. Pistorius had a slow start and finished in 46.54, one second slower than a day before. He would have needed a time under 45 to make the final.
Pistorius didn't expect to make it. He came here with the goal of advancing to the semifinals, and he did that. He didn't have much left tonight. But he achieved his other goal of inspiring physically challenged people around the world. He will take part in the 4x400 relay for South Africa.
Here's the lineup for the marquee event of the night, the 100-meter final:
Lane 2-Richard Thompson, Trinidad & Tobago; Lane 3-Asafa Powell, Jamaica; Lane 4-Tyson Gay, USA; 5-Yohan Blake, Jamaica; 6-Justin Gatlin, USA; 7-Usain Bolt, Jamaica; Lane 8-Ryan Bailey, USA; 9-Churandy Martina, Netherlands.
Seven of the eight competitors ran under 10 seconds in the semifinals, which has to be a first. Six of the men in the 2008 final ran under 10 seconds. We might see seven or eight do it here.