From Neil Wilson, the Daily Mail
Is the fastest man on no legs one of the worldâ€™s great sprinters? Or is he merely an engineering marvel who should be kept out of the Olympics?
Oscar Pistorius has no legs below his knees. Something of a disadvantage for a runner, you might think. Disabling, even.
But running on carbon-fibre blades like curled stilts that earn him the nickname Blade Runner, Pistorius beat all but one of the able-bodied runners in his native South Africa to win the silver medal at its national championships.
His fastest time of 45.34sec for 400m would have won a medal at every Olympics before 1960 which has the world body who govern athletics wondering whether the two-legged variety common to their competitions might need protection from a double amputee.
The IAAF will not confirm their intentions but they are expected to propose banning the blades when their rule-making congress meet in August, in time to stop Pistorius embarrassing men with a natural quota of limbs at next yearâ€™s Olympics.
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