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Ton Van Den Bogert
05-16-2007, 12:59 AM
Yesterday's New York Times had an article about a double amputee from South
Africa who runs 100 m in 10.9 seconds and appears to be still improving.
There is debate whether he should be allowed to run in the 2008 Olympics, if
he qualifies.

The IAAF says that his energy-storing feet are an unfair advantage. Others
say they are not, since they only return 80% of the energy. There are calls
for further research.

The athlete, Oscar Pistorius, said "I think they’re afraid to do the research.
They’re afraid of what they’re going to find, that I don’t have an advantage
and they’ll have to let me compete."

What do the Biomch-L subscribers think? I know we have some subscribers who
are experts on this topic.

The full article is here:


Ton van den Bogert, Biomch-L co-moderator