Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Double-amputee to compete on carbon fiber legs in 2011 World Championships

Oscar Pistorius will become the first amputee athlete to compete at the  2011 IAAF World Championships in Korea, after being named in South Africa’s squad, BBC Sports reports.

The 24-year-old double-amputee, who competes on carbon fiber legs, will race in the 400m and 4x400m relay.

An International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) ban was overturned in 2008, allowing Pistorius to compete against able-bodied athletes. The IAAF’s ruling that his “blades” gave him an unfair advantage was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.


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