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In 2008, Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee sprinter, has been denied a shot at the Olympics, for being too fast. Pistorius who uses carbon-fiber, prosthetic feet — was reviewed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (or IAAF), a review which found the combination of man and machine to be too much for its purely human competitors.
According to the IAAF report, the “mechanical advantage of the blade in relation to the healthy ankle joint of an able bodied athlete is higher than 30-percent.” Additionally, Pistorius uses 25-percent less energy than average runners due to the artificial limbs, therefore giving him an unfair advantage on the track… or so they say. Oscar is expected to appeal the decision, saying a lack of variables explored by the single scientific study calls for deeper investigation into the matter.
Is manmade material superior to muscle? Are those blades better than real legs? Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee runner, is tak...
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Over the years, the topic of whether or not runners with prosthetic legs should be allowed to compete in the same Olympic events as able-bodied runners has gained a significant amount of steam. On one hand, you have athletes with amazing stories who have refused to let their disabilities stop them from achieving their goals. How can anyone stand in the way of someone who has managed...
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According to 400m world record holder Michael Johnson, who was also a winner of four Olympic gold medals, it is “unfair to the able-bodied competitors” that South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius is allowed to compete in the 400m at the London Games. Speaking to The Times newspaper in England, Johnson claimed that Pistorius –known to many as [...]
Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius has been a headline machine over the past few months as the London Olympics approach. Most of what has been written about the man they call “Blade Runner” centers around whether or not he has an unfair advantage against able-bodied runners because of his prosthetic legs. As it turns out, Pistorius is also a topic of discussion for the...
South African double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius finished second in a 400-meter race in Italy on Tuesday, his final tuneup for the London Olympics.
Pistorius clocked 46.56 seconds - well off the personal best of 45.07 he ran at the same meet last year. Calvin Smith of the United States won in 45.52.
''My time wasn't among the best. But I'm good physically and...
Even when he's looking at photos of his bleeding and blistered leg stumps, Oscar Pistorius smiles.
And with his Olympic debut approaching, it's easy to understand why.
Pistorius, whose legs were amputated below the knee when he was a baby, is set to make history by running - yes, running - in the London Olympics. He will be the first amputee athlete to compete at the Olympics...
If there are rockets hidden somewhere in there then he's definitely cheating. Michael Johnson, a 400-meter record holder and four-time U.S. Olympic Gold medalist, isn't happy about South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius running in the Olympics. Pistorius is a double amputee with prosthetic legs and Johnson thinks that gives him an unfair advantage. This isn't just Johnson...
A lot has been made of the upcoming Olympic Games in London, but it must also be noted that this is a big year for the Paralympics as well. Oscar Pistorius is making headlines alongside able-bodied athletes, sure, but he is an ambassador for a competition which has grown from strength to strength, and will [...]