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Oscar Pistorius Wins Paralympics Gold In 400 Meters To Close Dual-Games London Trip


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I can't imagine being a fan of a guy who gets banned from competing because so-called "able-bodied" athletes feel his prostheses give him an unfair advantage, and then he turns around and accuses a fellow Paralympic athlete of cheating with prostheses after he loses...

Also strange they let him compete in both. It should be one or the other.

"After years of legal fights, he became the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics a month ago, reaching the 1,600 relay final and the semifinal of the individual 400.

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But his trailblazing summer became embroiled in controversy on Sunday when he accused Paralympic 200 champion Alan Oliviera of unfairly using lengthened blades."

"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.

It was a sour reaction, cutting through the saccharine notes of so much of the Paralympic coverage. But Pistorius has always insisted that he wants to be known as an athlete, rejecting the labels other people have put upon him, whether they were that he was disabled, differently abled, a cheat, an inspiration, or a role model.

And this was an athlete's response to defeat, if a particularly ungracious one.

Pistorius has never lost a 200m race before, and he could not quite believe that it had happened. Modest as he may sometimes seem – on the startline he responded to the adoring applause of the 80,000 with a polite little bow – he has, like any champion, a sizeable ego and a temper to match.

Once he had had time to cool down, Pistorius was a more gracious, admitting that Oliveira had "played by the rules" and that his blades were within the stipulated limits.

But his anger was still there, bubbling away beneath the surface. "He's never run a 21 second race before. That's fact," he said of Oliveira. "He was running high 23s less than a year ago so you just need to look at the facts behind it. I brought it up with the IPC but nothing's been done about it. I believe in the fairness in sport and I believe in running on the right length.""

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/sep/03/paralympics-oscar-pistorius-angry-loss

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