Paralympian superstar Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius VS a Horse
South Africa National Anthem “Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika“
Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius (born 22 November 1986) is a South African sprint runner. Known as the “Blade Runner” and “the fastest man on no legs”, Pistorius, who has a double below-knee amputation, is the world record holder for T44 in the 100, 200 and400 metres events and runs with the aid of Cheetah Flex-Foot carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs by Össur. He competes in T44 (single below knee amputees) events though he is actually classified in T43 (double below knee amputee).
In 2007, Pistorius took part in his first international competitions for able-bodied athletes. However, his artificial lower legs, while enabling him to compete, have generated claims that he has an unfair advantage over able-bodied runners. The same year, theInternational 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”. The federation claimed that the amendment was not specifically aimed at Pistorius. After monitoring his track performances and carrying out tests, scientists took the view that Pistorius enjoyed considerable advantages over athletes without prosthetic limbs. On the strength of these findings, on 14 January 2008 the IAAF ruled him ineligible for competitions conducted under its rules, including the 2008 Summer Olympics. This decision was reversed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 16 May 2008, the Court ruling overall there was no evidence that Pistorius had any net advantage over able-bodied athletes…
At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Pistorius became the first double leg amputee to participate in the Olympics when he entered the men’s 400 metres race and was part of South Africa‘s 4 × 400 metres relay team. [Wikipedia]
THE TELEGRAPH UK
Sunday, October 21, 2012
The South African was clearly upset at surrendering his Paralympic title and losing the first 200 metres race of his career to Brazilian double leg amputee Alan Oliveira, who took gold in 21.45 seconds.
In a post-race interview Pistorius said it was “an unfair race” because Oliveira was wearing elongated running blades which added about four inches to his height and, more pertinently, his stride length.
Oliveira insists his victory was down to training and that the length of his blades was entirely within the rules of the International Paralympic Committee.
An IPC spokesman says the blades of all the athletes were measured prior to the Games and all were deemed to be within the rules.
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