Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius (born 22 November 1986) is a South African Paralympic runner. Known as the "Blade Runner" and "the fastest man on no legs", Pistorius is the double amputee world record holder in the 100, 200 and 400 metres (sport class T44) events and runs with the aid of Cheetah Flex-Foot carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs by Ossur. In 2007 Pistorius took part in his first international able-bodied competitions. However, his artificial lower legs, while enabling him to compete, generated claims that he has an unfair advantage over able-bodied runners. The same year, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) amended its competition rules to ban the use of "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". It claimed that the amendment was not specifically aimed at Pistorius. After monitoring his track performances and carrying out tests, scientists took the view that Pistorius enjoyed considerable advantages over athletes without prosthetic limbs. On the strength of these findings, on 14 January 2008 the IAAF ruled him ineligible
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  • German federation drops amputee jumper from team

    The Associated Press 2 days ago
    German federation drops amputee jumper from team
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany excluded an amputee long jumper from its team for the European Athletics Championships on Wednesday, saying the athlete's carbon-fiber prosthesis gives him an unfair advantage. Paralympic champion Markus Rehm won the long jump at the ...
  • The Associated Press

    Pistorius gets into nightclub argument

    The Associated Press 2 weeks ago
    Oscar Pistorius
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oscar Pistorius was in an altercation at an upmarket nightclub over the weekend, his family said Tuesday. Pistorius went with a cousin to a trendy Johannesburg nightclub on Saturday, where he was accosted by a man who aggressively ...
  • The Associated Press

    Pistorius trial: Defense ends its case

    The Associated Press 3 weeks ago
    Oscar Pistorius
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius moved closer to a verdict on Tuesday when the defense ended its case. In early August the judge will hear final arguments that will highlight opposing portraits of the Paralympic athlete — a ...
  • The Associated Press

    Pistorius defense team closes case

    The Associated Press 3 weeks ago
    Oscar Pistorius
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The defense team for Oscar Pistorius closed its case in the athlete's murder trial on Tuesday, bringing a legal case that has transfixed South Africans and others around the world closer to a verdict. Final arguments are ...
  • The Associated Press

    Pistorius: Last witness testifies for defense

    The Associated Press 3 weeks ago
    Oscar Pistorius
    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The defense team for Oscar Pistorius plans to close its case after its last witness, a physician who has treated the athlete, completed his testimony at the murder trial on Monday, a lawyer said. The end ...

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