Fri, September 20, 2013

Oscar Pistorius cries foul over fellow Paralympian's prosthetics

By QMI Agency


Brazil's Alan Oliveira (left) celebrates in front of South Africa's Oscar Pistorius after winning the men's 200m T44 classification during the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Sept. 2, 2012. (EDDIE KEOGH/Reuters)


Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius showed off a lack of sportsmanship after losing the T43/44 200-metre final Sunday at the London Paralympics.

Pistorius, a double leg amputee who's been dubbed the "Blade Runner" for the prosthetics he uses in races, ripped race winner Alan Oliveira of Brazil afterwards, effectively calling him a cheat.

"We're not racing a fair race here," he said. "The regulations say that you can make yourself unbelievably high. I think Alan's an unbelievable athlete, but I don't think you can come from eight metres behind to win. If you look at videos from last year, Alan was shorter than me but now he's taller than me. I don't take away from their performances. I think they're great athletes, but it's clear that these guys have very long strides."

Oliveira won the gold medal in 21.45 seconds, Pistorius the silver in 21.52 seconds.

Pistorius was allowed to compete in the London Olympics, the first amputee to do so in track, despite protestations from other athletes that his blades gave him an advantage. He was eliminated in the 400m semifinals.