One of the most interesting stories in the London Olympics is South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius competing in the 400m and 4 x 400 relay.
A double amputee since he just 11 months old, Pistorius is known as “The Blade Runner” and “The fastest man on no legs” because of the artificial limbs he runs with. While Pistorius’ story is a heartwarming tale of a man’s ability to overcome a debilitating condition, but it’s a story that’s not without controversy.
Many argue Pistorius holds an advantage to his able bodied competition. He was even banned in 2008 when the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) amended their rules to prohibit “any technical device that incorporates springs, wheels or any other element that provides a user with an advantage over another athlete not using such a device”, a rule the IAAF claimed was not directed at Pistorius. 5 months later, the decision was overturned in court and Pistorius has been competing ever since.
Now Pistorius will become the first ever double amputee runner at the Olympic Games.