Pistorius Apologises For Timing Of Comments
Pistorius Apologises For Timing Of Comments, Oscar Pistorius claimed the length of his T44 200m rival’s running blades gave him an unfair advantage. Oliveira stuns Pistorius in Paralympic 200m, South African Pistorius streaked into an early lead and was almost 10 metres ahead as the athletes came into the home straight, before the Brazilian launched an astonishing fightback.
Oliveira ate up the ground and surged past Pistorius in the final few metres.
The underdog finished with a time of 21.45 seconds, seven hundredths of a second ahead of Pistorius, who won gold in the event four years ago in Beijing, with American Blake Leeper in third.
The result left Pistorius seething about his opponent’s prosthetic blades, which he claimed were too long.
“This is a really strong race of mine, and as I said in the mixed zone, the size of some of the other guys’ legs are unbelievably long,” Pistorius told Britain’s Channel 4.
“Not taking anything away from Alan, he’s a great athlete, but the guys who do the measuring in the courtrooms, some of these guys are a lot taller and you can’t compete for stride length.
“We’re not racing a fair race. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have the regulations, but the regulations allow the athletes to make themselves unbelievably high. We tried to address the issue in the weeks leading up to this, but it fell on deaf ears.
“The guys are running ridiculous times. Alan is a great athlete, but I run just over 10 metres per second, so I don’t know how you can come back from eight metres behind after 100m to win. It’s ridiculous.”
Pistorius apologised for the timing of his outburst on Monday, but not the content.