Prosthetic-limbed Runner Disqualified from Olympics

By Dave

So, you think someone has it rough when they lose both their legs from the knee down? Well, in the eyes of the International Association of Athletics Federations, Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee, was found to have a leg up on his competition.

Oscar is a sprinter that has been denied a shot at running in the Olympics because he is too fast. His carbon-fiber prosthetic feet were found to give too much of an advantage to the runner.

The IAAF report states that the “mechanical advantage of the blade in relation to the healthy ankle joint of an able bodied athlete is higher than 30-percent.” Also, a secondary advantage of the carbon-fiber prosthetic is that Pistorius uses twenty-five percent less energy than average runners due to the artificial limbs which would contribute to an ability to keep his speed higher for longer.

It makes for an interesting issue as we go forward and makes me wonder if modified humans almost need their own version of the Olympics, one that would allow us to see how far humans can be pushed through technology.

Found via Engadget.

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