Wonders Never Cease: Double Amputee Barred From Olympics For Having An Unfair Advantage
Oscar Pistorius was born without fibulae and had both legs amputated below the knee before his first birthday. He has now made a permanent mark on sports history – but of the most unlikely sort:
An athlete with no legs has been banned from this year’s Olympic Games because he has a “significant advantage” over able-bodied competitors.
South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius, who runs with carbon fibre blades attached to his legs, will not be allowed to compete in Beijing…
The IAAF’s ruling council agreed that Pistorius should not be allowed to run in Beijing or in any other meeting sanctioned by the world governing body….
“Pistorius was able to run with his prosthetic blades at the same speed as the able-bodied sprinters with about 25 percent less energy expenditure,” the report concluded.