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Pistorius Breaks Own 400m Record

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Pistorius Breaks Own 400m Record
Day two at the 2010 IPC World Championships. Photograph courtesy of the IPC.

IPC Swimming Championships: Biggest Ever

With a total of 649 athletes from 53 countries competing in 181 medal events, the 2010 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships, held August 15-21, were the biggest ever. More than 6,500 spectators came to watch the competition inside the Pieter van den Hoogenband Swimming Stadium, Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The competition closed with an open-water event at E3 Beach in Eersel, the Netherlands, drawing 650 spectators.

Ukraine topped the medal tally with 58 medals overall, of which 21 were gold. The United States took second place in the tally with 20 gold medals, while Russia won 19 gold medals. The United State's Mallory Weggemann (S7) was the most successful athlete of these World Championships, winning eight gold medals and breaking nine world records.

Ohio Willow Wood Renews OPAF Sponsorship

The Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund (OPAF) and its First Clinics announced that Ohio Willow Wood, Mt. Sterling, Ohio, has renewed its gold-level sponsorship for 2010. Ohio Willow Wood's $10,000 donation will help OPAF continue its work for the O&P population with its First Clinics and other projects.

"This contribution will help us to bring more clinics across the country and urge people with physical challenges to return to a more active lifestyle," Robin Burton, OPAF executive director, said.

Pistorius Breaks Own 400m Record

Oscar "the Blade Runner" Pistorius has broken his own 400m sprint world record in the T44 disability class. On August 14, the 23-year-old South African flew across the tape at the Diamond League meet, London, England, as the clock hit 47.04 seconds, improving the record he set at the Beijing Paralympics by three quarters of a second.

Ironically, the new record isn't Pistorius' official personal record. In an able-bodied competition in Celle Ligure, Italy, on July 8, he not only placed first but clocked a 46.02, just 0.07 seconds behind the able-bodied qualifying time for the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.