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Pistorius loses race, grace after shock defeat

other Updated: Sep 04, 2012 00:00 IST

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South Africa's 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius has expressed regret over the timing of his outburst following his shock loss to Brazil's Alan Oliveira in the 200 metres final at the London Paralympic Games on Sunday.

Moments after suffering his first 200m defeat in nine years, Pistorius complained that his opponent's blades were too long as well as criticising rules that allowed athletes to make themselves artificially tall.

Paralympic organisers said on Monday they met with an "emotional" Pistorius shortly after the race and assured him his opponent's blades had been measured and were within the limits set out prior to competition.

In a statement on Monday, the sprinter stuck to his claim that International Paralympic Committee (IPC) rules allowed athletes to have an artificially long stride length, but apologised for raising his concerns immediately afterwards.

"I want to apologise for the timing of my comments but I do believe that there is an issue here," said the 25-year-old, who last month became the first double amputee to run in the Olympics and made the 400 metres semi-finals.

"I accept that raising these concerns immediately as I stepped off the track was wrong.

"That was Alan's moment and I would like to put on record the respect I have for him. I am a proud Paralympian and believe in the fairness of sport. I am happy to work with the IPC who obviously share these aims."

Paralympic organisers on Monday said Pistorius had raised concerns about another athlete's blades six weeks ago as well as expressing concerns about IPC rules in the run up to the Games.

After their initial meeting on Sunday night, they promised to meet with him again to discuss the issues he raised. "After the race Oscar was clearly upset and disappointed to have lost his first 200m race in nine years and requested a meeting," the IPC's director of communications Craig Spence said on Monday.