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Pistorius wins gold in 100 meters in Beijing

Sept. 09, 2008, 10:51 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING(AP) One gold medal down and two to go for sprinter Oscar Pistorius at the Beijing Paralympics.

Despite a slow start on a wet track, the South African won the most difficult of his three races, clocking 11.17 Tuesday to take gold in the 100 meters. American Jerome Singleton trailed in 11.20, and Brian Frasure of the United States earned bronze in 11.50.

``I had a tough start and a slow first 30 meters,'' Pistorius said. ``I really just pulled out all the stops.''

Pistorius is a favorite to win the 200 and 400.

The double amputee, known as the ``Blade Runner'' because of his prosthetic legs, won a legal battle in May for the right to run in the Beijing Olympics against able-bodied athletes. However, he failed to meet the qualifying time in the 400.

Pistorius still has his sights set on qualifying for the next Olympics.

``I'm looking forward to London 2012,'' he said.

Pistorius' medal event was one of 20 on the track Tuesday during the third day of competition.

American Erin Popovich won her third gold medal in the pool, taking the 100 breaststroke for her disability class. She has also won gold in the 200 IM and the 100 freestyle.

Popovich won seven gold medals in Athens. She will go for only six this time as her other gold in 2004 came in a relay, which has been cut from the program.

Through three days, China leads with 16 gold and 53 overall. Britain was second with 14 gold and 32 overall. The United States was third with 10 gold and 26 overall.

Away from the venues, the Paralympics had its first athlete banned for failing a doping test.

Pakistani powerlifter Naveed Ahmed Butt tested positive for the steroid methandienone metabolites, the International Paralympic Committee said in a statement Tuesday.The urine sample was taken Sept. 4, two days before the opening ceremony.

Butt was handed a two-year ban and had his accreditation canceled.