‘Blade Runner’ apologises for timing of rant

Oscar Pistorius has apologised for the timing of his comments, following his loss in the T44 200m race.

 Alan Fonteles Cardoso Oliveira of Brazil is congratulated by Oscar Pistorius of South Africa after winning gold in the Men's 200m - T44 on Day 4 of the London Paralympics. Picture: London2012.com.

Johannesburg - Oscar Pistorius on Monday apologised for the timing of his comments, following his loss in the final of the 200 metres race at the London Paralympic Games.

The "Blade Runner" finished second behind Brazil's Alan Oliveira, with American Blake Leeper in third in Sunday's race.

Following his new world record in the heats, Pistorius was the favourite to win gold in the T44 class event.

Instead, in a shock result, he was overhauled by Oliveira in the final 20 metres of the race.

The Brazilian crossed the finish line in 21.45 seconds, seven hundredths of a second ahead of Pistorius.

Pistorius went on the defensive and criticised the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), saying Oliveira's blades were too long.

"Not taking anything away from Alan, he's a great athlete, but the guys who do the measuring in the courtrooms, some of these guys are a lot taller and you can't compete for stride length.

"We're not racing a fair race," he added.

But the committee said all blades faced strict testing before any competition.

"All (blades) were within the regulations outlined in the IPC Athletics Classification Handbook," the IPC said in a statement.

"Since 2010 athletes competing at IPC international competitions have been checked at regular occasions in the call room prior to participation."

Pistorius, who made history by becoming the first double amputee to run in the Olympics last month, quickly apologised for the timing of his comments.

"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."

Pistorius will soon have an opportunity to voice his views on the rules with the committee.

The 25-year-old South African was defending the 100m, 200m and 400m Paralympic titles he won in 2008 at the Beijing Games.