Oscar Pistorius Olympics 2012 relay chance denied after teammate fell, still to run after appeal won

By on Aug 9, 2012 in Europe, Racing, Sports Comments

Olympic 2012 amputee runner Oscar Pistorius lost his chance to run for the 4x400m relay race on Thursday, August 9, 2012, after this teammate fell. His team was not able to finish the race and eventually lost but immediately made an appeal, which was later approved within the day.

Oscar Pistorius disappointed, after his Team
South Africa was disqualified from the
4x400m relay race in the Olympic 2012

Image Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

As noted at BBC News that day, the South African runner team lost their chance to finish the event after Ofentse Mogawane fell during the second relay heat on Thursday morning, with Oscar Pistorius waiting for him to pass him the baton but was left standing alone on the starting line.

According to the report, Mogawane collided with Vincent Kiilu of Kenya around the top bend and both of them crashed to the track together, making Team South Africa to be disqualified for the finals on Friday. The team won a silver medal in last year’s world championships, without Pistorius that time.

“Thank you for the support. Hugely disappointed for the team and sorry for Ofentse who dislocated his shoulder. Wish him a quick recovery.” Oscar Pistorius (@OscarPistorius) tweeted after the race; and his team immediately protested to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

After the reviewing the replay video, IAAF concluded that Kiilu blocked Mogawane and the Kenyan team, who also watched the video, agreed that their runner made a fault during the race. It was later decided that Pistorius, also known as the ‘blade runner’ and his team to dvance to the finals.

“Thank you Lord! Emotional roller coaster! Will be up on the 3rd leg tomorrow for the Final! Really can’t wait! South Africa will run as an additional team in the final, in Lane 9.” Pistorius tweeted with excitement, with him taking the second place in the opening round of the 400-meter race and finished eighth in the semi-final round.

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