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    Oscar Pistorius

    The "Fastest Man on no legs" who has earned the right to compete through sheer weight of performance with able bodied athletes is causing a bit of a storm at the moment in the world of Athletics..

    Personally I disagree with him being able to run with able bodied athletes.. Okay its inspirational, but the credibility of a sport shouldn't be compromised for the sake of one man.. I can see his "blades" being a real advantage, and with the advances in technology that are so apparent, how long is it going to be before someone can make an artificial leg that can outrun a human one? Why is that fair?

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    Personally don't think he should be able to race with able-bodied people due to the advantages of that system.
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    Saw his race yesterday, and his interview afterwards. ****'s got a big mouth. Doesn't know his place. I have no opinions myself on him racing with able bodied people. If he can and he's allowed, good luck to him, but someone needs to shut him up.

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    From how I understand the situation (his old school is at the end of my street and everyone seems to know him) is that he gains no advantage and is in fact at a disadvantage compared to able-bodied athletes.

    However, I wouldnt let him run as it suddenly opens up a can of worms. Currently there is a clearly defined line about what is allowed or not. If he is allowed to compete then any future athlete must be judged on a case by case basis and from a nice, clear, orderly situation there becomes a mess over what is allowed and Im sure there will be court cases in the future with other athletes with different issues who have not been allowed to compete.

    Also, he is never going to be able to be close to competetive with his times so really any invites he gets to events will be mainly for the 'news' appeal rather than any sporting reason.

    On a seperate note. He trains really hard and is damn quick and he is someone to admire and respect.
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    I'm not sure how you can tell if he gains an advantage or not.. I mean, nobody has seen him run with a real pair of legs, so how can you tell what he is capable (or not) of?

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    Well i read in the paper (the sunday Times) that some sports institute did some analysing and found that his 100m split times acctualy get quicker whereas able bodied athletes run slower towards the end, this apparently is due to the energy returns from having carbon fibre legs.

    Meaning no dis respect to the guy, but i think it'd be utterly ridiculous if he was allowed to compete as he's got carbon fibre for lower legs and everyone else has working muscles, it's just not right.

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    Well it is a very inspirational case I don't think he should be allowed to race with able bodied athletes, I mean we have the Paralympics for a reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Also, he is never going to be able to be close to competetive with his times so really any invites he gets to events will be mainly for the 'news' appeal rather than any sporting reason.
    Tend to agree with that comment, it'd turn into something like Michelle Wie playing in the mens golfing arena despite clearly not being good enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perm View Post
    Well it is a very inspirational case I don't think he should be allowed to race with able bodied athletes, I mean we have the Paralympics for a reason.
    I agree, in some cases it is a huge disadvantage but in others it is actually an advantage - definitely not a level playing field.
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    Let him run if his times justify it. At the moment they do not & he's being given a place in the "A" finals of athletics meetings becuase of the (undoubted) novelty value.

    He's merely an exceptional paralympian. If his blades were such a big advantage he wouldn't consistently whip the arses of other disabled athletes who use them too.
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    Until he actually starts beating the fastest guys let him run I say

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiery View Post
    Until he actually starts beating the fastest guys let him run I say
    Hypotheticaly then, what happens if he starts beating the best? Do we turn round and say you're too good to run?

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    Quote Originally Posted by open365 View Post
    Hypotheticaly then, what happens if he starts beating the best? Do we turn round and say you're too good to run?
    yes

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    So why let him compete if he's not allowed to win?

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