Time's running out on double-amputee

Associated Press

GENEVA --- Oscar Pistorius is running against the clock in his final attempt to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.


The double-amputee sprinter will run in the 400 meters today at Lucerne, Switzerland, knowing he must run the fastest time of his life to persuade South African selectors to include him in the Beijing team that they'll announce Thursday.

The IAAF barred the 21-year-old Pistorius from running against able-bodied athletes in January, arguing that his Cheetah prosthetic racing blades give him a competitive advantage. Pistorius later won his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

CANOEING: Gyorgy Kolonics, a gold medalist at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, died after collapsing in his canoe while training to compete in Beijing. He was 36.

He lost consciousness Tuesday and paramedics were unable to resuscitate him, the Hungarian Olympic Committee said. The committee cited heart failure as the probable cause of death.

SWIMMING: Germany's Vipa Bernhardt won a court injunction aimed at giving her a place on the Olympic team despite her failure to qualify in the pool.

Her club is arguing that second-place Anne Poleska should not have been allowed to compete at the meet because she had competed for an American club.

TRACK AND FIELD: Doping-tainted sprinter Katerina Thanou has been included on Greece's provisional team list.

Isidoros Kouvelos, the vice president of the Greek Olympic Committee, or HOC, said Thanou was on the list after meeting the 100-meter qualifying time.

- Asafa Powell withdrew from the Gaz de France meet because of a groin cramp, not wanting to take any risks with the Olympics less than a month away.

CYCLING: Pedro Pablo Perez, a star Cuban cyclist who competed at the Sydney Olympics, was in a coma after a car crash and will miss the Beijing Games.

The 31-year-old rider suffered "cerebral ... lacerations and remains in a coma" after Monday's accident. It was unclear whether he was a driver or passenger.

INDOOR VOLLEYBALL: Lloy Ball and Reid Priddy were among the players chosen for the U.S. men's roster, which must be confirmed by the U.S. Olympic Committee.


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