Double Amputee Sprinter Pistorius Free to Qualify for Olympics


‘BLADE RUNNER CUT DOWN’

Originally uploaded by Paul Keller

From Engadget:

“…The ruling by the International Association of Athletics Federations that barred double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorious from a shot at the Olympics has been overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Detractors from Oscar’s entry into the Olympics have cited a suspect study that says Oscar could be using as little as 25% of the energy of other sprinters, thanks to the mechanical advantage of his ‘Cheetah’ prosthetics, which basically act as springs….Oscar still has to qualify, and his personal best in the 400 is about a second off the qualifying time for Beijing. Even if he can’t make it, he plans try for the world championships and the London Olympics in 2012.”

Image: South African tabloid announcing the decision to bar Pistorius from qualifying.

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