South African double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius finished second in a 400-meter race in Italy on Tuesday, his final tuneup for the London Olympics.
Pistorius clocked 46.56 seconds - well off the personal best of 45.07 he ran at the same meet last year. Calvin Smith of the United States won in 45.52.
''My time wasn't among the best. But I'm good physically and mentally,'' Pistorius said. ''I've used a lot of energy in these past few days, both in training and with the media because of my participation in the Olympics. The race went well, I felt fine, I just lost a bit of acceleration halfway through.''
Pistorius will become the first amputee track athlete to compete at the Olympics after being selected by South Africa to run in London. He's set to compete in the individual 400 and the 4x400 relay, although the team hasn't decided which leg he will run.
''I'd prefer to run the third leg, that would be the best,'' Pistorius said. ''But the first one could be fine. The relay is...