Pistorius a danger to others?

2011-08-26 07:30

Daegu - South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius will have to run the first leg for his country should he wish to take part in the 4x400m relay at the World Championships, the IAAF said on Friday.

The athletics world governing body said that to "avoid danger" to other runners, Pistorius would run the first leg in his lane before handing over the baton to the second runner, who then breaks the lane order.

"This person is a particular case," IAAF head Lamine Diack said of Pistorius, who runs with carbon fibre prosthetic running blades in place of his lower legs, which were amputated at the age of 11 months.

"It is very rare that a person like him runs and he has taken part in several sports.

"We decided to let him take part in the world championships and we will see what the result will be.

"The only thing we said to the South African federation is that if he wants to run in the relay, he must run the first leg to avoid danger to other athletes."

Pistorius, known as 'Blade Runner', will make history in Daegu when he becomes the first amputee athlete to compete at the World Athletics Championships, one step towards running at the 2012 London Olympics.

Cleared three years ago to run against able-bodied athletes, the 24-year-old four-time Paralympic gold medallist left it late to qualify for the team, going under the requisite time at his final chance with a personal best of 45.07 seconds which also gives him the green light for the London Games.

Johannesburg-born Pistorius had both legs amputated below the knee when he was a baby because of a congenital condition that meant he was born without fibulae - lower leg bones.

Pistorius failed to qualify for the 400m at the 2008 Beijing Olympics having been given the green light to attempt to qualify after the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned a ruling by the IAAF that his blades gave him an unfair advantage.


  • nobokjoy - 2011-08-26 07:45

    you go boy,make us them show them show them.

  • JitteKerl - 2011-08-26 07:57

    i guess its better than no leg

  • Nicolette de Kock - 2011-08-26 08:03

    Dear Oscar, if you are reading this I would just like to say that you are a fantastic role model for courage, determination and stamina. You never give up and you never make excuses. What a wonderful role model you are for our children.

      Tigeristhema - 2011-08-26 08:27

      Second that, this young man is one person we should all be proud of, may be even the greatest role model this country has at this moment.

  • 2nd coming - 2011-08-26 08:05

    Ironic that the man without legs has to run the first leg

  • SLIMSANNIE - 2011-08-26 08:09

    This is not fair! It takes much him longer to get going than athletes with legs. He picks up speed only after about 10 meters or so. Shame on the IAAF!

      toobos - 2011-08-26 08:18

      Exactly! What possible danger?

      DQYDJ - 2011-08-26 08:49

      slimsannie, you must see the other side to. If he starts the race at speed (2nd, 3rd, 4th leg) it would actually be unfair. In the argument over whether or not he has an unfair advantage the compromise occured because of this: His advantages - his carbon legs are lighter (than human legs) - they can't suffer fatigue (as human legs would after 300 odd meters) His disadvantage - Poorer balance than normal athletes - Slower off the mark than normal athletes Thus, if they actually take away the disadvantage of his off the mark pace, they could rule it as unfair

      bobbythebozo - 2011-08-26 08:55

      Have you watched the chaos that can sometimes ensue during 400m relay switches? I dont think this "request" by the IAAF is an unreasonable one. Oscars "legs" are definitely not the same shape or size as a an average runners and throwing in an unknown into that melee is probably asking for trouble. Can you imagine the outcry if he accidentally tripped someone up during a change over....

      DeonL - 2011-08-26 11:16

      Toobos, his "legs" could perhaps brake someone elses legs.

  • Wackwack - 2011-08-26 08:24

    Go Oscar Go!!

  • PnutGallery - 2011-08-26 08:26

    Go Oscar, make us proud !

  • Coach18 - 2011-08-26 08:30

    He will catch them!

  • Bankai - 2011-08-26 08:46

    These people they are just plain unfair, what Ting Ting will chop of other runners legs? how are they in danger they talking as is ting ting is running with swords attached to his legs. Go ting ting its your race man

  • bobbythebozo - 2011-08-26 09:03

    I have such mixed feelings about Oscar. I definitely see him as an inspiration and role model to all but I can't bring myself to 100% buy into his olympic and world champs dreams. I also think it sets a precedent which may in future come back to bite the IAAF. Whether or not Science can adequately prove that he has no advantage from his carbon fibre legs is one thing. But what happens when the next guy comes along with a new improved set of carbon fibre legs. Or an arm amputee arrives with a carbon fiber "slingshot" with which to throw the discus. I admire Oscar and I understand his dream and if I were responsible for making the decision as to whether he was allowed to run or not I probably also would not have wanted to stand in his way. I also understand that were he ever to win a major medal it would be an unbelievable achievement even if his prosthetics are providing an advantage (which I know supposedly is not the case). But as a sports fan there is this tiny part of me that just cant get over the fact that it doesnt feel right....

  • Fred - 2011-08-26 09:53

    Good luck, wish other disabled sportsman could also get the coverage he and Natalie do, but well done in qualifying.

  • Dan - 2011-08-26 10:35

    He is disabled and should run with the disabled athletes - end of storey.

      Bulla - 2011-08-26 11:35

      And you're an idiot and should be commenting on an idiot's blog. End of story!

  • panafricanis - 2011-08-26 10:35

    this is wrong....he should run with amputees not normal people....

      Bulla - 2011-08-26 11:28

      An amputee is a normal person! He/she just don't have the use of their limbs as those with all their limbs attached. Shame on you for descriminating against a man who has all his brain cells intact unlike you!

  • Dirk Diggler - 2011-08-26 11:33

    also have mixed feelings about it and where does it end? thing rockets strapped to there butts?

  • supporter - 2011-08-26 16:20

    will watch your races Oscar. Proud of you. GO OSCAR GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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