Friday September 7, 2012
US sprinter backs Pistorius blade rule review
LONDON: US sprinter Jerome Singleton on Wednesday backed calls by Oscar Pistorius for a review of runners’ artificial running prostheses after the South African claimed he was at a disadvantage over blade length.
The 26-year-old also said he believed that the time had come to end joint category races, to avoid allegations of unfairness between single and double-leg amputee runners.
Speaking after securing a place in the T44 100m final in London, he told reporters: “All I know is that there is a maximum height for running blades.
“I think we need to come together and re-evaluate the formula and have an idea of the exact height for an athlete to run in or maybe have a variation in height of 1cm, so you know you’re racing the same athlete in all competitions.”
Singleton, a former National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) intern, added: “As time changes science changes too, so we just have to make sure that it is fair to all competitors.
“Right now it’s like comparing apples to oranges not apples to apples.”
Singleton is a T44 single-leg amputee athlete, as is world record holder Jonnie Peacock of Britain, who also made the final. Pistorius and new Paralympic 200m champion Alan Oliveira of Brazil are double-leg amputees.
But all run in the same race because of a lack of competitors in both categories with the qualifying standard. — AFP