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this is an interesting story but shurley he cannot be allowed to compete in the olympiccs....apart from anything else he is less susceptable to leg injuries than other athletes...ie calf strains?


very wierd...where does this end?



Pistorius eligible for Olympics


Pistorius is the world record holder in three Paralympic events

Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius has won an appeal to compete for a place in the Beijing Olympics.


In January, athletics' governing body the IAAF banned the 21-year-old South African from able-bodied events.


It was claimed Pistorius' prosthetic limbs give him an unfair advantage, but he disagreed and went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).


"We have an opportunity to chase my dream of participating in the Olympics - if not in 2008 in 2012," he said.


"It is such a significant day in the sport - I'm so happy with the outcome. the last few days have been very stressful. this is one of the best days of life.


"I hope this silences the crazy theories circulating about my having an unfair advantage."



Cas said in a statement that the IAAF had not proved competition rules had been contravened.


"On the basis of the evidence brought by the experts called by both parties, the panel was not persuaded that there was sufficient evidence of any metabolic advantage in favour of the double amputee using the Cheetah Flex-Foot," the statement said.


The panel emphasised that their verdict only applied to the individual case of the South African.


It was also stressed that any advancements in the prosthetic-limb technology used by Pistorius could be contested by the IAAF again.


"The panel does not exclude the possibility that, with future advances in scientific knowledge, and a testing regime designed and carried out to the satisfaction of both parties, the IAAF might in future be in a position to prove that the existing Cheetah Flex-Foot model provides Oscar Pistorius with an advantage over other athletes."


Pistorius is hoping to make the Olympic 'A' standard time of 45.55 seconds for the 400m or the 'B' qualifier of 45.95 if no other athlete from his country attains the higher one.



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His best time over the distance in 2007 was 46.56 and his personal best is 46.46.


"There are some good South African runners over that distance and every national federation is allowed to take three athletes in an event provided they meet an 'A' standard and only one athlete if they can only meet the 'B' standard," said BBC Radio 5 Live athletics correspondent Mike Costello.


"At this stage Oscar Pistorius has only an outside chance of making that time.


"But now, with the impetus, with the incentive of the Olympic Games, if he can get invites to the big meetings around the summer, then maybe, with the conditions right, he can be dragged through to an even quicker time for what would be a landmark appearance at the Olympics.


"No other leg amputee has ever managed to compete at the Olympic Games."


The South African was born without fibulas - the long, thin outer bone between the knee and ankle - and was 11 months old when his legs were amputated below the knee.


He began running competitively four years ago to treat a rugby injury, and nine months later won the 200m at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. Nicknamed the "Blade Runner," Pistorius has set world records in the 100m, 200m and 400m in Paralympic events.


He finished second in the 400m at the South African national championships last year against able-bodied runners.


Pistorius added: "My focus throughout this appeal has been to ensure that disabled athletes be given the chance to compete and compete fairly with able-bodied athletes.


"I look forward to continuing my quest to qualify for the Olympics."

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How can it be proven it doesn't give you an advantage?

He has to better his PB to qualify anyway.


my point isnt really that the prosthetic legs necessarily give him an advantage but that certain factors that effect 'able bodied' competitors wont affect him. For instance, knee pain, calf strains....he is less susceptable to injuries that 'normal' athletes.....very strange.....

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Bloody Hell



South African paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has been arrested after reportedly shooting his girlfriend dead in the middle of the night after mistaking her for a burglar.


It happened at 4am this morning and the woman may have been killed after a Valentine's Day surprise went tragically wrong.


The dead woman is believed to be Reeva Steenkamp, 30, a former FHM model who has been dating Mr Pistorius since November.


She was shot in the head, the chest and the arm, police in the country have said, and Mr Pistorius will appear in court later this morning.



The body of the woman has been removed from the house and the athlete is being questioned.


The track star lives on a large farm north-east of Johannesburg in the Pretoria region of South Africa, which is heavily guarded.


In an interview with the Mail before London 2012 it was revealed he slept with a pistol next to his bed and kept a machine gun on a window.



Miss Steenkamp, a law graduate from Port Elizabeth, gave an interview to the Sunday Times in South Africa last week where she described her boyfriend as 'an impeccable man who always her best interests at heart'.



Mr Pistorious, 26, is widely known as the Blade Runner, he is has also been dubbed 'the fastest man on no legs'.


He was the first double amputee to run in the Olympics and reached the 400 semi-finals in London 2012.


The Johannesburg-born athlete, who was born without fibulas in his legs and had the limbs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old, had to win a legal battle over his blades with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in 2008 for the right to compete in able-bodied competition.



South African journalist Kalay Maistry told Sky News: 'It is alleged that he thought his girlfriend, who

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