August 18, 2018

Blade Runner Update

Blade Runner at London Olympics

Last month, this blog previewed the 2012 Summer Olympic performance of South African sprint runner Oscar Pistorius, who was set to run in the 400 meter and 4×400 meter relay events. Pistorius and his teammates fared well in the relay, coming in 8th with a time of 3.03.46, a few seconds short of the Bahamian team’s gold-winning 2.56.72. In his solo 400 meters semifinal race, Pistorius ran 46.54, coming in 8th behind eventual gold medalist Kirani James of Grenada. Pistorius will also compete in the 2012 Summer Paralympics, which kick off later this month in London. Watch the 400 meters race…

Blade Runner at London Olympics

Oscar Pistorius

Double-amputee sprint runner, nicknamed “Blade Runner” after the shape of his carbon-fiber prosthetic limbs, will compete in the London 2012 Olympics. Pistorius, who will represent South Africa in the 400 meter and 4×400 meter relay events, failed to qualify for the Beijing 2008 Olympics. He will also compete in this Summer’s Paralympics. Setting aside the sheer level of athleticism it takes anybody to make an Olympic team, Pistorius’ achievement is notable for another, more controversial reason: some people, the International Association of Athletics Federations, or IAAF, among them, believe his prostheses give him an unfair competitive advantage because the material caused…