My Beautiful Wickedness

Letting him run, part II
July 10, 2007, 10:33 pm
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A month or so ago, I wrote about Oscar Pistorius, a South African sprinter who was having trouble getting clearance to run in major IAAF races (despite making competitive times) because of his disability. Yep, you read that right. A double-amputee was getting hassled by the IAAF because he was running too fast.

Here’s a good article on him. Looks like they are going to let him run. While he doesn’t currently meet qualifying times for Beijing,
I expect that as he gets pushed to run faster (he holds all Paralympic world records for sprints and is only now getting
to run with the other athletes who go as fast and faster as he does), he’ll shave off that 3/4s of a second and get in there.
That would be something, wouldn’t it?


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I had this sudden thought of the IAAF forcing him to wear a “restrictor plate” a la NASCAR. That’s not a good visual.

I wish I hadn’t gone there…

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