Saturday, January 12, 2008

Is This an Advantage?

(photo by Andrew Medichini/Associated Press)

The International Association of Athletics Association has ruled YES! Having both legs amputated gives Oscar Pistorius an advantage over those of us blessed with 2 regular legs. (story at

Personal Bests
100 m: 10.91
200 m: 21.58
400 m: 46.56
Oscar Pistorius (born November 22, 1986) is a South African Paralympic runner. Known as the "Blade Runner" and "the fastest man on no legs", Pistorius is the double amputee world record holder in the 100, 200 and 400 metres events and runs with the aid of carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs. His artificial lower legs, while enabling him to compete, have also generated claims that he has an unfair advantage over other runners. In 2007, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) amended its competition rules to ban the use of "any technical device that incorporates springs, wheels or any other element that provides a user with an advantage over another athlete not using such a device". It claimed that the amendment was not specifically aimed at Pistorius, and is monitoring his track performances using high-definition cameras to determine whether he actually has an advantage.

On July 13, 2007, Pistorius ran in the 400 m B-race at the Golden Gala in Rome and was placed second with a time of 46.90 s. Two days later, on July 15, 2007, he ran in the 400 m race at the Norwich Union British Grand Prix at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield. Pistorius finished last in wet conditions and was later disqualified for running out of his lane

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