— Published 27 April 2021

World Athletics puts Blake Leeper off track

Blake Leeper can put away his dreams of competing in the Tokyo Games. World Athletics announced in a statement on Monday (April 26th) that the American athlete, with a double leg amputee, will not be able to line up against the able-bodied next summer in the Japanese capital. He will also not have the opportunity to compete in the 2022 world championships in Eugene, Oregon (United States). The international athletics body upheld the ruling issued six months earlier by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). His panel of experts felt that the carbon fiber prosthetics used by Blake Leeper gave him an advantage over his competition, giving him a leg length of 104 centimeters. The 31-year-old American took fifth place in the 400m final at the 2019 United States Championships. Seven years earlier, he had won two medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, silver in the 400m and bronze over 200m. Last October, the CAS had already rejected his request to be able to take part in competitions with the able-bodied. But World Athletics said in its press release: The American will be allowed to use the blades in certain international competitions, outside of the Worlds and the Olympics, but his results will not be recognised.