At first, double-amputee Oscar Pistorius was running on the Paralympic circuit using his high-tech running blades. Now that he's won an international court battle, he can run against able-bodied athletes at the London Olympic games. Mark Phillips reports.
Im not a hater, i really respect these type of athletes (i run track myself) but dont you think like if you fine tune the legs they can exceed more force being imputted into them and spring harder? Michael Johnson said, "the more force being put into the ground the faster you will go." Along with the weight of the material and the work being put into it, example about the work is when you sprint you have to always land on the balls of your feet but with these you only focus on the hips and moving your thighs. Im not disrespecting im just stating out a fact that could be reasonable.
I'm sure he misses his blades as he is in jail now for killing his gf.
This spring technology you say propels him forward isn't much of an advantage considering his calves would've done a better job. Also, he'd lost his Achilles tendons: important organs responsible for generating the explosive force at the beginning of the race. He would've been a great runner had he a complete set of limbs.
He has prosthetic legs for running. The question is about whether or not the prosthetic legs perform better than natural legs. The olympics is about natural abilities, so it's a good question that should be discussed.
Its because he runs tons lighter than someone with legs giving an extreme advantage, almost unfair, but he may not have the best leg support to go his fastest with the running legs. If the other runner with natural legs want to beat him they just have to train to be faster.
I am also a below knee double amputee and i run for my high school team. I work harder than everyone else and improve a lot, but i have not beaten any biological leged athlete yet and i know their is no way that blades give an advantage. A good way to test this would be to look at runners times of people before they lost their legs and after. Alsoe only one amputee has made it to the olympics so far out of millions, no one has even come close. so when the scientists lose their legs and can experience running in blades then they can talk.
No it isn't. People with Prosthetics can compete against each other. It would be like Racing Cars. The person with the most supped up car and best driving skills wins. Everyone will try to out do each other as always.