Pistorius can run any part of relay at Olympics
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
LONDON (AP) -- Double-amputee Oscar Pistorius will be able to run any part of the Olympic 4x400-meter relay.
Pistorius was the leadoff runner in the semifinals at the world championships in South Korea last year after the IAAF had raised concerns that his carbon-fiber blades would endanger others in the race. South Africa won silver.
IAAF President Lamine Diack said Tuesday that it was fully up to the South African federation to decide, raising the possibility that Pistorius will be running in the bunch once athletes leave their lanes after 500 meters.
Diack says that "if they want him to run the second leg, he can run the second leg. It is no problem for us."