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Updated: 03/09/2012 09:15 | By pa.press.net

Pistorius apologises for timing of rant



Oscar Pistorious, left, congratulated Alan Fonteles Oliveira on his victory, but later complained about the length of the Brazilian's blades

Oscar Pistorious, left, congratulated Alan Fonteles Oliveira on his victory, but later complained about the length of the Brazilian's blades

Oscar Pistorius has apologised for the timing of his comments about the running blades used by T44 200 metres gold medallist Alan Fonteles Oliveira immediately after the race.

The South African hit out at the International Paralympic Committee for failing to act over the length of some athletes' blades after Oliveira, wearing noticeably longer ones, came from way back to pip him at the line. The Brazilian took gold in 21.45 seconds, leaving Pistorius to settle for silver, coming home in 21.52secs with stunned quiet from the 80,000 spectators greeting the result.

"I would never want to detract from another athletes' moment of triumph and I want to apologise for the timing of my comments after yesterday's race," Pistorius said in a statement on Monday morning.

"I do believe that there is an issue here and I welcome the opportunity to discuss with the IPC 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."

Pistorius, who was the reigning T44 200m champion, cannot alter the length of his blades if he wants to continue to compete in able-bodied competition because they have to conform to IAAF regulations.

And he claimed he was not competing on a level playing field, even though the new blades, which are about four inches taller than those used by Pistorius, are within the rules.

He said after the race: "I've never seen a guy come back from eight metres (behind) on the 100m mark to overtake me on the finish line. The guys are just running ridiculous times and they're able to do so. We've known (about the longer blades) for about a month. I've brought it up with the IPC but nothing's been done about it. I believe in the fairness of sport, I believe in running on the right length.''

The IPC said in a statement: "At the London 2012 Paralympic Games all athletes competing in T42/43/44 events (above knee and below knee lower leg amputees) have had their prosthesis measured against the IPC Athletics Rules.

"All athletes competing in the Men's 200m T44 final were checked by international classifiers in the call room ahead of the race. All were within the regulations outlined in the IPC Athletics Classification Handbook. After the race Oscar Pistorius requested a meeting with the IPC where he voiced his concerns."

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03/09/2012 11:04
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Guy clearly has a technical issue to raise & admits he raised it at an inappropriate moment.  He's shown respect for his competitor & apologised.  Surely it's a emotional moment & his heart got the better of his head.  He seems to have behaved honorably since & made amends.  No need to be harsh on him IMHO.
03/09/2012 12:00
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He is right to cal for fairness and a level playing field, but not after the race is lost. But he did graciously apologise. Like it or not, the blades were judged legal. If there is a question to be raised about the blades, it must be done in the right place amongst the right people.

 

However, I would not deride Oscar for his untimely outburst. he is a great sportsman and a great ambassador for the sport and it was uncharactoristic of him to comment like that.

 

Fantastic games all round - well done to all - winners and all the rest. THE ARE NO LOSERS

 

03/09/2012 10:22
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Even though I agree with all the comments made here I'd like to understand the basis for the comments. I assume the blades used are proportionate to body size? If so I don't see a problem. If however the use of blades takes someone who was 5'8" before and makes them 6'2" due to an increased length of blade then this artificially creates and advantage. A bit like taking performance enhancing drugs don't you think?
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Surely the point of this type of prosthesis is to replicate the leg and foot of an able-bodied person when they run - i.e., on the balls of the feet which gives a natural "springiness"  Therefore, the length of the blade should be in proportion to the size of the wearer - surely the prosthetist should ensure this for fairness and effectiveness?

03/09/2012 10:31
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I watched the race and I was shocked at the speed Oliveire closed down Pistorious in the last 100m, after he was eight metres behind.........allegedly  Oliveires blades are 4 inches taller........in the interest of fair play in sport,  would it not be sensible, to have the blades for all competitors....the SAME  size.
I know the above/below knee amputations would be different in size ,  but there must be a way. in this year of technology, that the lengh of the prosthetic is the same size.
Definately a case of unfair advantage.

03/09/2012 10:48
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I have no idea about the length of the blades and the height of them.  But common sense charges if the equipments are different in some ways, it is indeed unfair therefore immediate action must be taken to keep rule and regulations of sports equally.

03/09/2012 10:25
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Some really nasty stupid people post on MSN.
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Able-bodied athletes have differing heights and therefore differing stride-lengths; perhaps the answer would be a blade-length range determined by your body's Vitruvian measurements?
03/09/2012 12:27
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I suggest that Oscar should have longer blades made for Paralympic events and continue to compete in able-bodied events with his current set of blades! It seems to me that the problem is that the IPC and the IAAF regulations are not compatible!
03/09/2012 09:57
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Like all competetive people I totally believe in the fairness of sport, but to be fair all needs to be eqall this quite clearly was not so, therefore action on the part of the IOC is needed.
03/09/2012 10:27
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To all those saying the blade lengths aren't the same - the IOC use a formula when they measure the blades to ensure that the length is correct for the size of the runner - if you are 6 foot tall your blades will be longer than a 5 foot tall person. If the dimensions are wrong, as Pistorius seems to be implying, then this needs to be looked at. It feels as though he is upset because someone dared to beat him! If he had run the same time that he did to qualify he would have won, so he didn't have his best performance of this event, but seems to blame anything apart from himself
03/09/2012 11:07
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the brazilian,s blades looked disproportionate to his body and as to sour grapes for Pistorius if he said he complained weeks ago as reported why was nothing done? All the Rule Books for these (and probably other) Paralympics seem to be confusing and not very clear - as by the Velodrone incident - and should be looked at and sorted out.  Until this is done you will always get complaints.  And HELENHSP if you had complained about something and it was ignored wouldn't you be angry so stop saying it,s sour grapes and tantrums when it's clear it's the rules that are to blame.
03/09/2012 14:13
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IMHO Prattorius ought not to be permitted to compete in able bodied events.
Though he has claimed that his blades offer him no advantage it's very plain from his comments here that the blades CAN and are being used to gain advantage.
Just as drugs are disallowed so too should any and all forms of mechanical aid be banned.

And yes I guess I;ll be slated by the buffoons from the PC Brigade who will claim this is discriminatory.

It's incredible that the guy can be BOTH a bale bodied and a paralympian ...

03/09/2012 09:49
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Surely you run with the blades that give you the best performance as long as they are within the rules. It is not for Pistorius to determine the length of blades within HIS own rules.
03/09/2012 12:37
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I may be wrong, but isn't that the same as an able bodied runner querying the length of the legs of smeone they have just come second to? Just a thought.
03/09/2012 12:35
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He should  be grateful that he's had TWO chances to win medal at BOTH the Olympics and Paras, everyone else has only had one chance at either. I don't remember anything about the able-bodied athletes complaining about him running with them. He should take it on the chin as any good sports person should 
03/09/2012 11:36
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Sounds like he may have a valid point, tho he didn't voice it at the right time. Surely there should be a fixed length for a prosthetic, appropriate for each individual which can be calculated by measuring their other limbs.
03/09/2012 09:56
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There will always be innovation and improvement to Prosthetics whilst this kind of sport is getting more and more serious as the years go by. There will always be people trying to find that little bit extra to give them an edge.
03/09/2012 11:18
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from wat i saw u could argue that he had an unfair advantage in the 100 metres winning by a mile,he needs to b re -graded with similar competitors as with the Brazilian runner.
03/09/2012 09:49
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what a contrast, oscar enters the main olympics and is put on a pedalstall by the winner, with the winner saying how proud he was to run with oscar.
now in the paralympics he has shown his true colours after being beaten by a better athlete on the day.
crying "his blades are to long,its unfair"
well as soon as blade tech starts winning medals in non paralympic events the tide will turn against him,.
for all the guys and girls using this tech it should be kept apart from main olmpic events.
the guy has been a beacon for a lot of sport events, he is his own worst enemy and his actions were disgusting against a remarkable winner.
Im glad he didnt win gold now knowing what type of bloke he is.
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Pistorius apologises for timing of rantOscar Pistorius has apologised for the timing of his comments about the running blades used by T44 200 metres gold medallist Alan Fonteles Oliveira immediately after the race.pa.press.net2012-09-03T09:15:262012-09-03T09:15:26Oscar Pistorious, left, congratulated Alan Fonteles Oliveira on his victory, but later complained about the length of the Brazilian's bladesOscar Pistorius has apologised for the timing of his comments about the running blades used by T44 200 metres gold medallist Alan Fonteles Oliveira immediately after the race.The South African hit out at the International Paralympic Committee for failing to act over the length of some athletes' blades after Oliveira, wearing noticeably longer ones, came from way back to pip him at the line. The Brazilian took gold in 21.45 seconds, leaving Pistorius to settle for silver, coming home in 21.52secs with stunned quiet from the 80,000 spectators greeting the result."I would never want to detract from another athletes' moment of triumph and I want to apologise for the timing of my comments after yesterday's race," Pistorius said in a statement on Monday morning."I do believe that there is an issue here and I welcome the opportunity to discuss with the IPC 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."Pistorius, who was the reigning T44 200m champion, cannot alter the length of his blades if he wants to continue to compete in able-bodied competition because they have to conform to IAAF regulations.And he claimed he was not competing on a level playing field, even though the new blades, which are about four inches taller than those used by Pistorius, are within the rules.He said after the race: "I've never seen a guy come back from eight metres (behind) on the 100m mark to overtake me on the finish line. The guys are just running ridiculous times and they're able to do so. We've known (about the longer blades) for about a month. I've brought it up with the IPC but nothing's been done about it. I believe in the fairness of sport, I believe in running on the right length.''The IPC said in a statement: "At the London 2012 Paralympic Games all athletes competing in T42/43/44 events (above knee and below knee lower leg amputees) have had their prosthesis measured against the IPC Athletics Rules."All athletes competing in the Men's 200m T44 final were checked by international classifiers in the call room ahead of the race. All were within the regulations outlined in the IPC Athletics Classification Handbook. 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his victory, but later complained about the length of the Brazilian's bladesOscar Pistorious, left, congratulated Alan Fonteles Oliveira on his victory, but later complained about the length of the Brazilian's bladesOscar Pistorious, left, congratulated Alan Fonteles Oliveira on his victory, but later complained about the length of the Brazilian's bladesOscar Pistorious, left, congratulated Alan Fonteles Oliveira on his victory, but later complained about the length of the Brazilian's bladesOscar Pistorious, left, congratulated Alan Fonteles Oliveira on his victory, but later complained about the length of the Brazilian's bladesOscar Pistorious, left, congratulated Alan Fonteles Oliveira on his victory, but later complained about the length of the Brazilian's bladesOscar Pistorious, left, congratulated Alan Fonteles Oliveira on his victory, but later complained about the length of the Brazilian's bladesOscar Pistorious, left, congratulated Alan Fonteles Oliveira on his victory, but later complained about the length of the Brazilian's bladesOscar Pistorious, left, congratulated Alan Fonteles Oliveira on his victory, but later complained about the length of the Brazilian's bladesOscar Pistorious, left, congratulated Alan Fonteles Oliveira on his victory, but later complained about the length of the Brazilian's bladesOscar Pistorious, left, congratulated Alan Fonteles Oliveira on his victory, but later complained about the length of the Brazilian's bladesOscar Pistorious, left, congratulated Alan Fonteles Oliveira on his victory, but later complained about the length of the Brazilian's bladesOscar Pistorious, left, congratulated Alan Fonteles Oliveira on his victory, but later complained about the length of the Brazilian's bladesOscar Pistorious, left, congratulated Alan Fonteles Oliveira on his victory, but later complained about the length of the Brazilian's bladesOscar Pistorious, left, congratulated Alan Fonteles Oliveira on his victory, but later complained 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