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Oscar Pistorius says unfair blades as he is beaten by Brazil Alan Oliveira T44 200m

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Published on Sep 2, 2012

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Update Mar 6 2014
Oscar Pistorius now in Court defending a charge of Premeditated murder against his girlfriend.

Update Sep 3
Oscar Pistorius has apologised for the timing of his controversial comments about the blades used by Alan Fonteles Oliveira.

Immediately after coming second in the T44 200m final on Sunday, Pistorius, also known as the "Blade Runner", angrily complained about the length of winner Oliveira's blades.

In a statement on Monday, the South African sprinter apologised for his outburst but still insisted that it was "ridiculous" that Oliveira could win after being eight metres adrift at the 100m mark.

He said: "I would never want to detract from another athlete's moment of triumph.

"I do believe that there is an issue here and I welcome the opportunity to discuss it with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) but I accept that raising these concerns immediately as I stepped off the track was wrong," the South African double amputee said.

"That was Alan's moment and I would like to put on record the respect I have for him."


Original story
"Don't focus on the disability," Oscar Pistorius told the world before these Games. "Focus on the ability." How right he was. There was no room for sentimental thoughts or emotional notions after the T44 200m final.

It was not a procession or a coronation, but a race, raw and fast. And Pistorius came second. He was beaten to the line by Brazil's Alan Fonteles Cardoso Oliveira, who won in 21.45sec. Pistorius was .07sec behind him. He reacted furiously, telling the TV cameras in his post-race interview that "we aren't racing a fair race".

Pistorius was convinced that the running blades Oliveira was using were too long, and called for the International Paralympic Committee to investigate. This from a man who has had to fight long and hard to overturn doubts about whether or not he himself has an unfair advantage when he is competing against non-disabled runners.

The twist in the story is that it is the very fact Pistorius wants to run in the Olympics and other able-bodied competitions that cost him here.

To do crossover like that, he can only run on blades that have been cleared for use by the IAAF, the sport's governing body. Longer blades, of the kind Oliveira used, are only legal in Paralympic events.

If Pistorius switched, he would not be able to run in non-disabled competitions. Besides which, he would undermine his own argument that his success is about the body above the knee, rather than the technology below it. In a sense, he is a victim of his own ambition.
guaridan.co.uk

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