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World's First Cybernetic Athlete To Compete 199

Posted by timothy
from the no-respect-for-hearing-aids-or-pacemakers dept.
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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  • Re:English... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 09, 2011 @07:30AM (#37031066)

    Augmented from his previous state of having no lower legs to having blades.

  • by s31523 (926314) on Tuesday August 09, 2011 @07:51AM (#37031156)
    If he wins a lot then he will be declared as having an unfair advantage, and if he loses (or just average) he will be declared as having no advantage.
  • A strange game... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Tuesday August 09, 2011 @07:52AM (#37031166) Journal
    I've never understood the nigh-jesuitical levels of logic chopping(with not infrequent descent into mere hand-waving) that go on surrounding "fair" and "unfair" advantages in high level sports.

    You've got a tiny number of heavily selected freaks of nature, endowed by various quirks of heredity with highly atypical phenotypes, augmented by years or decades of carefully designed training, controlled diet, etc. whose handlers cry out every time somebody has the temerity to shoot a little synthetic testosterone instead of just expressing freakish amounts of it naturally "Oh, no! We have to set a good example for the kids! Professional athletes are just regular folks who get a good night's rest and eat their wheaties!". Similar things come up with, say, hemoglobin concentrations: Does your blood contain more iron than most steel alloys because your ancestors were the spacesuit people who live at 50,000 feet above sea level? No problem, come right in! Does your blood contain more iron than most steel alloys because your doctor has been extracting and re-injecting it? Banhammer!
  • Me too! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by davidbrit2 (775091) on Tuesday August 09, 2011 @08:18AM (#37031316) Homepage
    I will be competing in the 400m and 4x400m relay using my specially crafted Chevy Cavalier. It's a manual transmission, so the engine computer won't give me an unfair advantage.
  • No advantage? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by cmay (687134) on Tuesday August 09, 2011 @09:19AM (#37031858) Homepage
    Something tells me he would be considerably slower without them.

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