He is Oscar Pistorius (A.K.A. the “Blade Runner”), and he’s changing many people’s minds when it comes to what’s acceptable in track and field.
Born without a fibula bone in each leg, the man hailing from South African is the first double amputee to run at the world championships. In 2012, he’ll be the first to compete in the Olympics.
“I think next year’s going to be quite a big year, as far as demand on my performances,” the 24-year-old told CNN.
“I feel that the condition I’m in and the knowledge I’ve gained probably will definitely help me in achieving those times in the first half of next season. So I know next year is going to be a big year.”
The International Association of Athletics Federations had at first ruled that the carbon-fiber prosthetic blades Pistorius uses gave him an unfair advantage.
He overturned that at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and says he’ll be competing on a level playing field in London next year.
“If the legs did provide such an advantage that some of the people are claiming they did, then there would be a lot more amputees using the exact same prosthetic legs I have, running the exact same times I have — and that’s not the case,” Pistorius said.
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