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Oscar Pistorius makes history by running with prosthetics in London 2012

Oscar Pistorius makes history by running with prosthetics in London 2012

Today, was a landmark in the history of the Olympics. The South African athlete who runs with a pair of carbon fiber prosthetics in place of his legs amputated, has a good time with athletes competing in events normal, but this is the first time you do it the largest global sports event and the athletics.

And Pistorius did not disappoint, as is the second in a series of ranking and advance to the semifinals of the 100 meter dash with a time of 45.44 seconds. Expectations for the South African now get a good spot in the semifinals box, thinking it to the finals and compete for a medal may be big words. Yet Pistorius think your peak performance could come in the following games in Rio de Janeiro, 2016, when he reaches 29 years of age.

The first Oscar Pistorius participation in the definitely closes the chapter was writing was controversial for several years prior to qualification to run in competition with non-disabled athletes. His detractors (which is the IAAF, IAAF) opposed his participation because their carbon fiber would grant some advantage over other athletes, on the other hand, some would say even some disadvantage in the game, so your effort has to be larger than the other runners. However, the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) finally gave the green light so you can say this in any kind of competition, with the sole condition that they use the same passive prosthesis with running since 1996.

It is difficult for his opponents and detractors change their minds, but the truth is that Oscar Pistorius already registered in the books of the Olympics by participating in London. For now, the athlete continues its journey in London, where in addition to the 400 meter dash, also has a chance to run in the team event relay 4 X 400 planes.

Link: Oscar Pistorius, the first double amputee in the Olympics (AFP)

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