Double amputee to compete in Olympics

South African Oscar Pistorius has qualified to compete in the 4x400m relay at the London Olympics. Modern technology is amazing. There is no way in looking at him walking running that would tell you that he had prosthetics for both legs below the knee, unless you look closely.

Here is Pistorius running at the 2001 World Championships.

Update: This article explains why Pistorius’s prosthetic limbs were ruled to be eligible and how each new development will have to be decided on a case by case basis.


  1. OverlappingMagisteria says

    I wonder what will happen as the prosthetics technology improves. Will it ever get to a point where a prosthetic would be superior to regular limb? At that point will there be a separate “prosthetic class” in the Olympics?

  2. Mano Singham says

    Apparently they have ways of measuring if a prosthesis requires less bodily effort than a regular limb to achieve the same result. If that is the case, those will likely be ruled ineligible for sporting competitions.

    While I appreciate the difficulty that this poses for sporting events, I am more fascinated by the advances that are being made in enabling disabled people to function at such an extraordinarily high level.

  3. Stevarious says

    The article actually mentions such things. The expectation is that, eventually, there will be a ‘standard’, Olympics approved prosthetic. Meanwhile, over at the Paralympics, anything goes.

  4. Hairy Chris, blah blah blah etc says

    Well, kind of, but there’s a hell of a lot of categorisation that goes on to make things fair! And people have been known to cheat too…

  5. says

    Wow, that bears an uncanny resemblance to Metal Gear (particularly the one in Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake [MSX2, 1990]). If I read the year on the image correctly, it’s 1991, so looks like somebody got copied.

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