Paralympics: Oscar Pistorius wins his 100m T44. Other athletes have backed his call for the rules on blades to be changed. Photograph: Emilio Morenatti/AP
Leading athletes back call for rules to be changed, while South African officials claim rivals cheated with mid-contest switch
The row sparked by Oscar Pistorius, the poster boy for the Paralympic movement, when he claimed he was unfairly beaten in the 200m T43/44 final deepened on Wednesday night as he returned to competition.
As other leading athletes backed his call for the rules to be changed, South African officials wrote to the world governing body to suggest some of his rivals were cheating by switching blades mid-competition.
Pistorius returned to the Olympic Stadium for the first time since his shock defeat, winning his heat to qualify for Thursday’s 100m final alongside the Brazilian who beat him in the 200m and Britain’s Jonnie Peacock, who recorded the fastest time.