All eyes will turn to the “Blade Runner” later this month.
South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius is different. A double amputee, he will now be running in the 2012 Olympic Games for South Africa.
His “blades” are highly advanced artificial legs that some say give him an unfair advantage.
The specific events that Pistorius will compete in are the 400m and 4 x 400m relay.
“Today is truly one of the proudest days of my life,” said Pistorius after learning of his country’s decision to let him compete.
Controversy aside, it should be said that despite his artificial legs, Pistorius is not the fastest 400m runner in the world.
His career best is 45.07 seconds, which makes him the 2,085th fastest time ever run in the world.
This means that Pistorius isn’t really a gold-medal favorite.
However, allowing him to compete in the Olympics has worried some followers of the sport.
A faster runner in the future, a runner with an even greater technological advantage, could be on the horizon.
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