Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Blade Runner' Apologizes

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Blade Runner' Apologizes

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Oscar Pistorius apologized for the timing of his complaints about a rival's blades after his defeat in the Paralympic 200-meter final in London, but insisted that officials need to change the rules to prevent some runners from getting an unfair advantage.

The so-called "Blade Runner" was surging to a third consecutive 200-meter gold when he was overtaken close to the finish Sunday night by Alan Oliveira, who also is a double amputee.

Pistorius then criticized Oliveira within minutes of the upset, claiming the Brazilian used longer carbon fiber prosthesis than should be allowed.

Paralympic officials insisted Monday that Oliveira did not break the rules and that the blades had been approved, and Pistorius said he should have waited before launching his outburst.


Paralympic swimmer Achmat Hassiem of South Africa uses special motivation to go fast: He imagines being chased by the great white shark that bit off his right leg. He was attacked by a shark off the coast of Cape Town six years ago after he lured the great white away from his younger brother. Before then, Hassiem had competed in various sports, including swimming, but wasn't sure what to do after losing his leg.

It was South African Paralympic swimming champion Natalie du Toit who encouraged Hassiem to get back into the water. Before long, he started breaking his country's Paralympic records. Hassiem, 30, came to the London Paralympics determined to best his ninth-place finish at the Beijing Paralympics four years ago. On Saturday, he won bronze in the 100-meter butterfly.

* IOC president Jacques Rogge, 70, will have hip replacement surgery this week. The IOC calls the operation "routine" and said Rogge, of Belgium, will be discharged from the hospital after a few days. Rogge was elected IOC president in 2001, succeeding Juan Antonio Samaranch. He will step down when his term ends in September 2013.


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