2059: CNN’s Duarte Mendonca gives us an insight into why American Mallory Weggemann’s win in the 50m Fresstyle – S8 was so special:
“Mallory Weggemann has had a very difficult week leading up to her first race in the London 2012 Paralympics. The American had been reclassified from S7 to S8 – a more difficult category.
Following the International Paralympic Committee's decision, Mallory said she had “lost faith” in the Paralympic system, arguing she would be competing against athletes with greater physical ability.
Mallory is a paraplegic, with no feeling or movement from her torso down.
Everyone loves an underdog overcoming the odds. On Day Four we had a taste of that, not only because Mallory was in a category she believed did not match her disability, but also because she was competing against U.S. teammate Jessica Long.
Long had already won gold in the 400m freestyle S8 event. Yet surprisingly, she finished in modest a 5th place in this race.
So who won silver and bronze? Thirteen-year old Australian, Maddison Elliott – her second medal of the Games. Shengnan Jiang of China, finished third.
Who would have guessed, after all the controversy, that Mallory would she cruise so easily to gold? It’s one of the biggest surprises we’ve had at London 2012. "
2113: Just five minutes or so until South African 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius takes to the track for the 200m - T44 final. He already set a new world record in the heats last night. Will he smash it again?
Don't go anywhere. Don't even think about it. It's all about to happen at the Paralympic Stadium.
2129: Hello what's this? American Bradley Snyder has just swum the 100m Backstroke - S11 ON HIS OWN.
In one of the oddest stories of these Games, the blind swimmer knocked arms with the competitor in the lane next to him. Thinking it was his tapper (the blokes at the end of the pool who lightly tap the swimmers before they hit the wall), Snyder turned early.
He was given the option of swimming the race again. Which he did. On his own. In an Olympic pool with thousands cheering him on.
Had it been the real race, he would have finished fifth, Either way, this one gets my vote for best story of the day. Absolutely love it.
2134: Meanwhile. There he is! There he is! Take a deep breath. Oscar Pistorius is in da house.
2149: Controversial comments from Oscar Pistorius. The South African questions the length of Oliveira's blades, saying:
"I think he's a great athlete. But I don't know how you can come back from 8m behind to win."
Interestingly, this is also a critcism that's been used against Pistorius in the past.
What are your thoughts?
2154: Seems like people aren't too impressed with Pistorius' post race comments.
If you're just catching up, the 'Blade Runner' has objected to gold medal winner Oliveiria's blades being 4in higher than normal.
2204: An update from the IPC:
"All the blades are measured and Oliveira's passed the test. As far as we are concerned there has been no infringement on the rules."
2210: South African ‘Blade Runner’ loses to Brazil’s Alan Fonteles Cardoso Oliveira in the 200m – T44 final.
CNN’s Duarte Mendonca with the latest:
“This will certainly be the big story of Day Four, if not the entire Games. Oscar Pistorius, the favorite to win the Men's 200m - T44, came second to Brazil’s Alan Oliveira.
After such a magnificent display the day before, this comes as a big shock, but the South African seemed to have an explanation for his defeat.
He claims his opponent’s blades are 4 inches higher than his, giving the Brazilian an advantage on speed.
As the starting gun went off, the “Blade Runner” soon took the lead and – like me – many assumed it was a done deal. That's until Alan came out from nowhere to take the gold, right under Oscar’s nose.
American Blake Leeper finished third.
Oscar still has his Men’s 400m – T44 to claim the highest prize, however, we can expect the attention to be slightly shifted to the controversial comments that followed this epic race and also to the Brazilian. Is this the birth of a new star? Only time will tell…”
2213: Brazil’s Alan Fonteles Cardoso Oliveira says he's been using the same blades for the last month, following IPC regulations.
223: Phew. I don't know about you but it is getting hot in here. Is it a case of sour grapes for Oscar Pistorius? Or has the guy got a fair point? Either way, there's no denying the pressure on this man has been huge during London 2012.
Has it taken it's toll?
2226: To lighten the mood, let's look at some pretty pictures from Day Four shall we? Feast your eyes on this.
2240: Day Four. There were lots of tears and a fair bit of controversy. But most of all, there were 60 gold medal winners. 60. Here they are for your viewing pleasure...
1) Brazil’s Terezinha Guilhermina in the Women's 200m - T11
2) Serbia’s Tanja Dragic in the Women's Javelin Throw - F12/13
3) Ukraine’s Mariia Pomazan in the Women's Shot Put - F35/36
4) Australia’s Kelly Cartwright in the Women's Long Jump - F42/44
5) Russia’s Evgenii Shvetcov in the Men's 100m - T36
6) Switzerland’s Edith Wolf in the Women's 5000m - T54
7) France’s Mandy Francois-Elie in the Women's 100m - T37
8) China’s Huzhao Li in the Men's 400m - T53
9) Great Britain’s Aled Davies in the Men's Discus Throw - F42
10) United States’ Raymond Martin in the Men's 100m - T52
11) China’s Mingjie Gao in the Men's Javelin Throw - F44
12) Brazil’s Yohansson Nascimento in the Men's 200m - T46
13) Russia’s Nikol Rodomakina in the Women's Long Jump - F46
14) China’s Guohua Zhou in the Women's 100m - T12
15) Finland’s Leo Pekka Tahti in the Men's 100m - T54
16) Russia’s Alexey Labzin in theMen's 400m - T13
17) Spain’s David Casino in the Men's Discus Throw - F11
18) China’s Lisha Huang in theWomen's 100m - T53
19) Brazil’s Alan Fonteles Cardoso Oliveira in the Men's 200m - T44
20) France’s Marie-Amelie le Fur in the Women's 100m - T44
21) GB’s David Weir in the Men's 5000m - T54
22) Great Britain’s Anthony Kappes in the Men's Ind.B Sprint
23) New Zealand’s Phillipa Gray in the Women's Ind. B Pursuit
24) China in the Mixed C1 to 5 Team Sprint
25) Belgium’s Michele George in the Ind. Championship Test - Grade IV
26) Belgium’s Hannelore Brenner in the Ind. Championship Test - Grade III
27) Great Britain’s Sophie Christiansen in the Ind. Championship Test - Grade Ia
28) Egypt’s Fatma Omar in the Women's -56 kg
29) China’s Lei Liu in the Men's -67.50 kg
30) Mexico’s Amalia Perez in the Women's -60 kg
31) Ukraine’s Alla Lysenko in the Women's Single Sculls - ASW1x
32) China’s Cheng Huang in the Men's Single Sculls - ASM1x
33) China in the Mixed Double Sculls - TAMix2x
34) Great Britain in the Mixed Coxed Four - LTAMix4+
35)South Korea’s Juyoung Kang in the Mixed R4-10m Air Rifle Standing-SH2
36) Ukraine’s Yevheniy Bohodayko in the Men's 200m Ind. Medley -SM7
37) Australia’s Jacqueline Freney in the Women's 200m Ind. Medley - SM7
38) Iceland’s Jon Margeir Sverrisson in the Men's 200m Freestyle - S14
39) Great Britain’s Jessica-Jane Applegate in the Women's 200m Freestyle - S14
40) Ukraine’s Dmytro Zalevskyy in the Men's 100m Backstroke - S11
41) Japan’s Rina Akiyama in the Women's 100m Backstroke - S11
42) Belarus’s Ihar Boki in the Men's 100m Freestyle - S13
43) United States’ Kelley Becherer in the Women's 100m Freestyle - S13
44) Russia’s Roman Makarov in the Men's 100m Butterfly - S12
45) New Zealand’s Cameron Leslie in the Men's 150m Ind. Medley - SM4
46) United States’ Mallory Weggemann in the Women's 50m Freestyle - S8
47) China’s Jianping Du in the Men's 150m Ind. Medley - SM3
48) Australia in the Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay - 34 Points
49) Poland’s Joanna Mendak in the Women's 100m Butterfly - S12
50) Hong Kong’s Ka Man Wong in the Women's Singles - Class 11
51) China’s Panfeng Feng in the Men's Singles - Class 3
52) Thailand’s Rungroj Thainiyom in the Men's Singles - Class 6
53) China’s Jing Liu in the Women's Singles - Class 1-2
54) China’s Lin Ma in the Men's Singles - Class 9
55) Norway’s Tommy Urhaug in the Men's Singles - Class 5
56) Germany’s Jochen Wollmert in the Men's Singles - Class 7
57) China’s Ying Zhou in the Women's Singles - Class 4
58) China’s Jingdian Mao in the Women's Singles - Class 8
59) China’s Bian Zhang in the Women's Singles - Class 5
60) Poland’s Patryk Chojnowski in the Men's Singles - Class 10
0958: Wipe the gold dust from your eyes people. It’s Day Five and no, it wasn’t a dream - Oscar Pistorius, the much hyped ‘Blade Runner’ poster boy of these Paralympics, lost last night.
1000: Ooof. Not only did the South African lose to Alan Oliveria in the 200m – T44, he then criticized the Brazilian’s blades, arguing they were too long and gave him an unfair advantage…
1014: The latest on the O-Pis saga and the South African has this morning issued an apology, saying:
"I would never want to detract from another athletes' moment of triumph and I want to apologise for the timing of my comments after yesterday's race. I do believe that there is an issue here and I welcome the opportunity to discuss with the IPC but 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."