Oscar Pistorius out of 1,600 relay final at worlds
Thursday, September 1, 2011
DAEGU, South Korea (AP) -- South African team manager Magda Botha says double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius has been left out of the lineup for the 1,600-meter rely final at the world championships.
After making a historic breakthrough for Paralympic athletes by reaching the semifinals of the 400 this week, Pistorius ran a strong opening leg on the tough inside lane Thursday to help South Africa to a third-place finish in its heat and a South African record.
Pistorius wrote in a Twitter message that he was "Pretty Guttered."
Instead of Pistorius, 400 hurdles bronze medalist L.J. van Zyl will run Friday.
Botha says the decision was based on "factual information and knowledge" after a meeting with the athletes early Friday.