Oscar Pistorius’ agent seeks prison meeting to discuss running future

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Oscar Pistorius‘ agent said he and Pistorius’ longtime coach would like to see the runner in prison in the next few days to talk about his potential running future, according to The Associated Press.

Pistorius, the first double amputee to run in the Olympics in 2012, was sentenced Tuesday to a maximum of five years in prison for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He could serve less than a year of his sentence in jail and the rest under correctional supervision (such as house arrest).

The International Paralympic Committee said Pistorius can’t compete in its events, such as the Rio 2016 Paralympics, during his sentence, whether he’s serving it in prison or under correctional supervision.

The South Africa Olympic Committee issued the same mandate, according to the AP. The International Olympic Committee and track and field’s international governing body, the IAAF, have not commented on Pistorius’ eligibility.

South Africa’s sports minister believed Pistorius’ conviction and sentence marked “the end of the road” for the runner.

“I do not think Oscar will be able to come back in terms of athletics,” Fikile Mbalula told Cape Argus in South Africa. “For me, [Pistorius’ conviction and sentence] was the end of the road of his journey. It is unfortunate that it had to end in this manner, but the courts have spoken and we will respect their decision.”

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Brigid Kosgei, world record holder, to miss London Marathon

Brigid Kosgei

World record holder Brigid Kosgei withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon due to a right hamstring injury that has bothered her for the last month.

“My training has been up and down and not the way I would like to prepare to be in top condition,” was posted on Kosgei’s social media. “We’ve decided it’s best I withdraw from this year’s race and get further treatment on my injuries in order to enter 2023 stronger than ever.”

Kosgei, a 28-year-old Kenyan mother of twins, shattered the world record by 81 seconds at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. She clocked 2:14:04 to smash Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s record from 2003.

Since, Kosgei won the 2020 London Marathon, took silver at the Tokyo Olympics, placed fourth at the 2021 London Marathon and won this past March’s Tokyo Marathon in what was then the third-fastest time in history (2:16:02).

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa moved into the top three by winning the Berlin Marathon last Sunday in 2:15:37.

The London Marathon women’s field includes Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, a winner in New York City (2019) and London (2021), and Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who was the Ethiopian record holder until Assefa won in Berlin.

The men’s field is headlined by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest male marathoner in history, and Brit Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion on the track.

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Dmitriy Balandin, surprise Olympic swimming champion, retires

Dmitriy Balandin

Dmitriy Balandin, the Kazakh swimmer who pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the 2016 Rio Olympics, retired at age 27.

“Today I would like to announce the end of my sports career,” Balandin said last week, according to Kazakhstan’s Olympic Committee. “I am still inspired. A new phase of my life begins. I have a lot of cool projects in my head that will soon be implemented.”

Balandin reportedly has coaching aspirations.

In 2016, he won the Olympic men’s 200m breaststroke out of lane eight as the last qualifier into the final. He edged American Josh Prenot by seven hundredths of a second and became Kazakhstan’s first Olympic swimming medalist.

He followed that up with 11th- and 17th-place finishes in the breaststrokes in Tokyo last year.

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