While most people who run or watch running enjoy seeing “stunt” runners like jogglers, there is a certain segment of the population that loathes us. They think running should be a pure sport and have disdain for people who dress up in stupid outfits, run obscenely long distances, juggle or are just different than regular runners. I wonder how they would feel about Oscar Pistorius.
Oscar Pistorius is fast.
Olympic qualifying fast.
He’s not a stunt runner, but he is different.
He’s been dubbed “the fastest man on no legs” because he happens not to have any legs. In January this year the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ruled that his blades gave him an advantage and barred him from the Beijing Olympics. He appealed and was just recently given the go ahead for racing against able-bodied runners.
My favorite part of the story was that the case was won after reviewing the results of a scientific study.
These experts in biomechanics and physiology demonstrated that in a 400 m race, Pistorius would have no unfair advantage. So now he’ll get his chance to qualify. If he can, it will be the first time an amputee races in the Olympics. Good for him. The Olympics are about finding out who is the fastest right? If they wanted to remove all advantages they would make everyone carry the same amount of weight like they do with horse racing.
The next step for Pistorius is to qualify. He’ll try this in July.
Incidentally, I’m giving up on my bid to qualify for the Olympics this year. I didn’t want to have to run in the polluted air of Beijing. Also, I heard no other athlete was going to joggle. How archaic.