Yeah, Ramy's right about that. If the guy wins all the heats, and the gold medal, will other runners have the right to put racing springs on their own legs? Just to even things up, cause those springs he wears makes him seriously fast. He might win the next 3 or four gold medals in the 100 and 200 yard (meter?) sprints. What if the guy had no legs at all? Could he mount a motorcycle wheel to his trunk, and put a jet motor on his back to power it?
I agree. If he's going to wear prosthetics, then they should be modeled to weigh and move the same as normal limbs. Not be "springy".
Same as when they didn't let a girl swim in a meet several years ago because her prosthetic had a flipper on it. They let her swim, but the flipper had to be removed, she refused to remove it and thus didn't swim.
I think it's fair to say that while Oscar "Blade Runner" Pistorius is eligible to compete in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, he still has to try and qualify for the South African team.
The official ruling on Pistorius' case by the International Association of Athletics Federations.......
On 16 May2008, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reversed the IAAF's ban, clearing the way for Pistorius to try and qualify for the Olympics. In its decision, it held that there was insufficient evidence that Pistorius's prosthetics provided any metabolic advantage over able-bodied runners. A major component of the Court's decision was that the prosthetics do not provide an overall advantage to Pistorius, in comparison to other runners, when their disadvantages are taken into account. They concluded the IAAF decision did not adequately take into account all of the various advantages and disadvantages over the course of the entire race, such as Pistorius's slower starts.