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Oscar Pistorious: Sporting Hero Or A Cheat?

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 28, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 29, 2011 at 10:09 AM UTC

Oscar Pistorious is a hero to some, a cheater to others. Photo: PhotoRun.net

The famous “blade runner” stands a good chance of medaling at the World Championships.

One would think that a man who had his lower legs amputated as a baby would be cheered and hailed by all the moment he stepped up on a track for a race. But this is not the case for South Africa’s Oscar Pistorious. He’s one of the best 400-meter sprinters in the world. At 24, Pistorious is the first double amputee to compete in the world championships, which are currently taking place in Daegu, South Korea.

Korean fans adore him, carrying signs saying “We love you Oscar!” to the stadium in Daegu.

But there are doubters, too. Tanni Grey-Thompson, a fellow paralympian, thinks that if Pistorious runs the 400m in the Olympics, he will effectively turn the Paralympics into a “B” race and undermine the movement. There are also fellow competitors who feel that Pistorious has an unfair advantage, due to the cutting-edge science that comprises his artificial legs.

“The ones who complain about Oscar are the ones getting beaten by him,” says British friend and rival Martyn Rooney.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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