Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, who wears carbon-fibre blades, lost his bid to compete against able-bodied athletes at the Beijing Olympics. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found that prosthetics worn by sprinters who have disabilities do not give the athletes an unfair advantage over runners without them, as had been claimed by authorities before the most recent Olympics. Last year, South African Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius had been unsuccessful in convincing Olympic officials to let him compete using carbon-fiber prosthetic blades. The Guardian (London)

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