Lignano, Italy • 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 really my race. I've always done team sports."
Pistorius won last year's race in Lignano to qualify for the world championships. This time, he finished ahead of four other runners, including Jamaicans Ricardo Cunningham and Javere Bell.
"I could have done the same time as last year, but I didn't want to run the risk of getting injured," Pistorius said. "It wasn't important to test my speed today. It was like training, in the next two weeks I will try to do my best before London. I'm sure I can beat my personal best. The Olympics pushes me so much, that will make me run better."
Also, American Lolo Jones won the women's 100 hurdles in 12.85. Ireland's Derval O'Rourke was second in 13.05.
Jamaica's Blake sets meet record in 100
Yohan Blake warmed up for the London Olympics by finishing in 9.85 seconds to win the 100 meters at Lucerne, Switzerland, in his first competitive race since beating Usain Bolt twice at the Jamaican Olympic trials.
Blake was far from the fastest out of the blocks but powered through the field with legal wind assistance of 1.6 meters per second. Jamaica teammate Michael Frater was second in 10.00.
"Definitely I am on the right path for the Olympics," the 21-year-old world champion said. "This is where I am supposed to be. I want to remain unbeaten and that's what I am doing."
Blake chose the low-key Spitzen Leichtathletik meet to make what is expected to be his only appearance between the trials and the London Games.
He is scheduled to open his Olympic program when the 100 heats start Aug. 4.
Blake lowered the Lucerne record of 9.86 set by fellow Jamaican Nesta Carter two years ago.
"I got the meet record, which is wonderful," Blake said. "I didn't come here to run a quick time, but it's still a fast time. Not many guys run 9.85."
Only three-time Olympic champion Bolt (9.76) and 2004 Olympic winner Justin Gatlin (9.80) have run faster this season.
There was still obvious room for improvement out of the blocks.
"My first part was poor but, as you can see, the last part is always 'The Beast' part," said Blake, referring to the nickname given him by his training partner, Bolt.
Blake posted a personal best and the top time in the world this year (9.75) to beat Bolt in Kingston last month. He also ran a world-leading 19.80 to beat Bolt and win the 200.
After his brief trip to Switzerland, Blake will return to the Jamaican team training camp in Birmingham, England.
Plenty of soccer tickets still available
Olympic organizers are reducing capacity at several stadiums hosting soccer matches after failing to sell all the tickets.
London organizers said Tuesday that 250,000 soccer tickets are currently still on sale, with 50,000 tickets left for other sports.
An additional 200,000 soccer tickets and 200,000 for other events will go on sale soon after being returned by national Olympic committees. A further 150,000 free tickets could be released for schoolchildren.
More than 1 million soccer tickets had been left unsold recently, but organizers cut the number by reducing capacity by 500,000 at the venues.
"We've sold more football tickets than we've sold for anything else," London organizing head Sebastian Coe said. "It was always going to be that football tickets were the challenge but I think we'll do pretty well."
Soccer matches will be played across the U.K. at six venues St. James' Park in Newcastle, Old Trafford in Manchester, Hampden Park in Glasgow, the City of Coventry Stadium in Coventry, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, and Wembley Stadium in London.
The men's and women's finals will be played at Wembley.
The upper tier of seats at the Millennium Stadium will be closed for all games, reducing the capacity from nearly 75,000 to 40,000.
Coe said between 37,000 and 38,000 tickets have been sold for the Britain vs. New Zealand women's game in Cardiff on July 25, two days before the opening ceremony.