A man who lost both legs will be running for South Africa at the 2011 World Athletics Championships, thanks to metal blades where his legs used to be.

It’s easy to cry unfair, but perhaps a bit harder to sort out why his advantage is that much different from the “natural” advantage of, say, tall basketball players.

“The world’s first mechanically augmented athlete, Oscar Pistorius, will now compete against unaugmented peers on behalf of South Africa. He’ll be running in the 400m and 4x400m relay at the World Athletics 2011 Championships. Pistorius, a double leg amputee, has had special leg blades crafted for him that allow him to compete against his peers. He’s fought hard to prove they provide no advantage, and according to IAAF they do not. This should be a very interesting race to watch. His nickname: The Blade Runner.”

http://science.slashdot.org/story/11/08/09/0118202/Worlds-First-Cybernetic-Athlete-To-Compete

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