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World's First Cybernetic Athlete To Compete 199

Tufriast writes "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."
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World's First Cybernetic Athlete To Compete

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    by SniperJoe (1984152) on Tuesday August 09, 2011 @07:41AM (#37031108)
    I put it down more to the fact that he now has an AWESOME nickname.

    I can see it now:

    Spokesman: "Hey guys, Oscar Pistorius wants permission to race in the Olympics, do we let him in?"
    Olympic Committee: "Meh."

    Spokesman: "Hey guys, The Blade Runner wants permission to race in the World Championships."
    World Athletic Committee: "Oh hell yeah!"
  • by LibRT (1966204) on Tuesday August 09, 2011 @08:15AM (#37031300)
    This reminds me of an assignment I was given in high school English class: the book we were to study that year was Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms". Prior to starting the book, the teacher asked that we write an essay outlining our expectations of the book, based solely on the title. Well, I had no idea what the hell the book would be about - all I could come up with was a future in which superior, articficial limbs became widely available, and once a person's growth stopped, they'd have their natural limbs hacked off and replaced with the better artificial limbs in a ceremony called, "A Farewell to Arms!" The teacher gave me an "A+", but looked at me funny the rest of the year...
  • Oblig... (Score:4, Funny)

    by twistedsymphony (956982) on Tuesday August 09, 2011 @08:18AM (#37031320) Homepage
    I for one welcome our new cybernetic..... peers?
  • by outsider007 (115534) on Tuesday August 09, 2011 @08:32AM (#37031424)

    Just like how Lance Armstrong had a 50% testicle mass advantage. Unfair!

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