The original "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius has apologised for the timing of his comments about the blades used by Brazillian Alan Oliveira who beat him to the T44 200m gold last night. He claimed Oliveira had an unfair advantage.
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Pistorius: 'I would never want to detract from another athlete's moment of triumph'
South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has apologised for the timing of his comments about the running blades used by T44 200 metres gold medallist Alan Oliveira immediately after last night's race.
– Oscar Pistorius 11 minutes ago
I would never want to detract from another athlete's moment of triumph and I want to apologise for the timing of my comments after yesterday's race.
I do believe that there is an issue here and I welcome the opportunity to discuss with the IPC [International Paralympic Committee] but I accept that raising these concerns immediately as I stepped off the track was wrong.
That was Alan's moment and I would like to put on record the respect I have for him.
I am a proud Paralympian and believe in the fairness of sport. I am happy to work with the IPC who obviously share these aims.
Oscar Pistorius apologises for timing of blade criticism
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius has said sorry for the timing of his comments about the length of blades used by Alan Fonteles Oliveira who beat him to gold in the T44 200 metres. Pistorius made the comments immediately after the race last night.South Africa's Oscar Pistorius Credit: Reuters
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The blades which sparked a Paralympic regulation row
This image shows how Brazil's Alan Fonteles Oliveira is wearing noticeably longer blades.On the left, the blades of South Africa's Oscar Pistorius. The longer blades of Alan Fonteles Oliveira are on the right Credit: Reuters
The International Paralympic Committee has published details of the overall height of the athletes. They show Oscar Pistorius at a height of 193.5cm and Alan Fonteles Oliveira at 185.4cm.about 1 hour ago
Oscar Pistorius congratulates 200m winner
Oscar Pistorius earlier congratulated T44 200 metres winner Alan Oliveira, saying it was the 'fastest last 80m' he had ever seen.
Congratulating Alan of Brazil for his 200m win.. The fastest last 80m I have ever seen to take it on the line. pic! http://t.co/duS98A3KFrom @OscarPistorius on Twitter: (about 7 hours ago)
IPC defends rules in reaction to Pistorius commentsThe official Twitter account of the Paralympics tweeted this photo clarifying blade measurements Credit: Twitter/@Paralympic
The IPC said they were measured "to ensure proportionality of legs."
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Oscar Pistorius beaten on the line in 200m finalSouth Africa's Oscar Pistorius. Credit: Press Association
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius has been beaten on the line into second place in the Men's 200m -T44 in the Olympic Stadium. Alan Oliveira, who is 20 from Brazil, wins gold. Blake Leeper, of USA, won bronze.Brazil's Alan Oliveira. Credit: Press Association Load more updates