Oscar Pistorius’ top rival wants him to race again
Brazil’s Alan Oliveira, who beat Oscar Pistorius in a London 2012 Paralympic 200m final, hopes the South African returns to competition following serving his sentence after he shot and killed his girlfriend two years ago.
“I wish he’d come back, and we could run more times together,” Oliveira said, according to the BBC. “I think it’d be a good competition to see the two of us together again -- repeating the duel seen in London.”
Pistorius, 28, was sentenced to no more than five years in prison on Oct. 21 and could be released from jail this year to spend the rest under house arrest. However, he is barred from competing in the Rio 2016 Paralympics under his current sentence and has not said if he plans to return to track and field.
Oliveira, 22, is shaping up to be a star at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
He kept Pistorius from winning a third straight Paralympic 200m gold medal in London. Pistorius criticized Oliveira after the race, claiming the Brazilian’s running blades gave him an unfair advantage, and later apologized for the timing of his comments.
In 2013, Oliveira swept 100m, 200m and 400m titles at the World Championships.