Photo: Reuters
Donald Sanford
Photo: Reuters
Photo: AFP
Double-amputee Oscar Pistorius won the race
Photo: AFP

Olympics: Israeli sprinter blames loss on stolen shoes

Donald Sanford fails to qualify for 400m semifinals; blames 'terrible result' on missing cleats

After failing to move up to the men's 400m track semifinals at the London Games on Saturday, Israeli sprinter Donald Sanford blamed his loss on the fact his shoes were stolen.


Just prior to the race, he was seen arguing with the judges. He then continued to hastily lace up a replacement pair of running sneakers that were provided by the Israeli team, while the rest of the athletes waited.


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"The result was terrible. Terrible," the athlete said after coming in fifth in a qualifying heat with a time of 45.71 seconds.


דונלד סנפורד (מימין), במוקדמות 400 מ' (צילום: AFP) 

Sanford, far left, on Saturday (Photo: AFP)


"I could have run faster, but someone stole my running shoes. I wasn’t supposed to run in these," he added, referring to his cleats. "It's terrible. I blame myself for not bringing other shoes."


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Sanford's result from Saturday's qualifying heat was his best this season.


דונלד סנפורד מסביר למארגנים את הסיטואציה הבעייתית.... (צילום: אורן אהרוני) 

Sanford spoke heatedly with organizers (Photo: Oren Aharoni)


ומקבל בשנייה האחרונה נעליים חלופיות (צילום: אורן אהרוני)

Received alternative shoes at last moment (Photo: Oren Aharoni) 


The qualifying race was won by Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee runner from South Africa. He made Olympic history by becoming the first amputee to compete in track at the Games.


Nadav Zenziper contributed to the report



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