SA men's relay team win appeal

Team South Africa have won it's appeal to participate in the men’s 4x400m relay finals.

Oscar Pistorius of South Africa waits for the baton competes during the men's 4x400m relay on 9 August 2012. Picture: www.london2012.com

LONDON - The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) athletics team manager on Thursday confirmed they won an appeal to have South Africa's 4x400m men's relay team in the final.

The team did not finish their heat tearlier after Ofentse Mogawane collided with a Kenyan athlete and fell, dislocating his shoulder.

He was scheduled to run second, which meant Oscar Pistorius and Willem de Beer never had an opportunity to compete.

Hezekiel Sepeng said Kenya has been disqualified for obstructing Mogawane.

"We appealed based on the IWF rule 163.2."

But not everyone is pleased with this development.

South African 400m record holder Arnaud Malherbe believes Team SA should not have been granted a place in the final.

"I'm probably going to be accused of not being patriotic and that's not the case at all. I really would like to see South Africa in the final but I'm not in favour of reinstating any athlete or any team into the final based on something like that.