Oscar Pistorius relieved after review lands South Africans in 4x400m finals
'I was standing there and I took my eyes off the screen and kept them on the straight and obviously just as I took them off it must have happened,' Oscar Pistorius recalled the catastrophic incident for the South African relay team. “'He's not the biggest of guys and initially I thought he was maybe pushed in behind someone and then I just carried on looking and he didn't come out.”
A concerned Oscar Pistorius was blocked on his way to Ofentse Mogawane as London Games officials took over. Oscar Pistorius had nothing else to do but clear the track and watch the Bahamas, United States, Great Britain, Trinidad and Tobago qualify for the 4x400m relay finals.
"We are all just gutted," Oscar Pistorius expressed shortly after the 4x400m heat. 'It's just really disappointing for us because we came off a second place at the world champs last year and a national record.”
Oscar Pistorius was especially looking forward to help the South African relay team upgrade their world championship silverware to an Olympic gold but was thwarted by the occurrence of such an unfortunate event particularly at the Olympics.
“It is so hard because we train so hard, run in front of an amazing crowd, and we have had so much support from back home,” continued Oscar Pistorius. “We would have loved to represent our country today."
Luckily, the jury ruled in favor of the South African relay team after reviewing footage from the 4x400m heat in which Ofentse Mogawane dislocated his shoulder. Boniface Mucheru contested that he had been spiked by Ofentse Mogawane. However, International Association of Athletics Federation found that Boniface Mucheru had made a sharp turn to land in front of Ofentse Mogawane.
The IAAF disqualified Kenya and now the South African relay team will start on the extra ninth line on the track in the 4x400m finals. The South African relay team is up against the Bahamas and United States, who were branded at same time of 2min 58.87sec after the second heat, as well as Trinidad and Tobago and Great Britain, both at 3:00.38 following the first heat.
It is a second chance for the South African relay team, who will try to deliver on their promises at the 4x400m finals. Ofentse Mogawane, who made it to the 400m semi-final but failed to qualify in his heat will get another opportunity to shine after he a landmark Olympics in which he featured as the first double-amputee on track or field to participate in the games. South Africa’s 800m world champion David Rudisha, who was robbed off an opportunity to showcase his prowess in the final leg will also find redemption at the 4x400m finals.