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Known as the “”Blade Runner“” and “”the fastest man on no legs,”” Oscar Pistorius, who has a double amputation, is the world record holder for class T44 in the 100, 200 and 400 metres events. Pistorius was born with fibular hemimelia in both legs, requiring a below the knee amputation at 18 months old. Pistorius participated in school sporting events and after a rugby injury, took up running with the aid of his carbon fibre ‘bladed’ legs. It was in this sport that he showed the most promise, and with intensive training, gradually became the fastest amputee sprinter. As part of South Africa’s silver medal winning relay team at the 2011 World Championships, he became the first amputee to win an able-bodied world track medal although he was not selected for the final. This year, Pistorius broke Olympic history as the first amputee to participate, and will be back in the Paralympics in attempt to retain his title as Paralympic champion.
Featured articles and books on Oscar Pistorius
‘Bladerunner or boundary runner’?: Oscar Pistorius, cyborg transgressions and strategies of containment
Moss E. Norman & Fiona Moola
Defining advantage and athletic performance: The case of Oscar Pistorius
Carwyn Jones & Cassie Wilson
Shifting boundaries in sports technology and disability: equal rights or unfair advantage in the case of Oscar Pistorius?
Brendan Burkett, Mike McNamee & Wolfgang Potthast
Cyborg anxiety: Oscar Pistorius and the boundaries of what it means to be human
Leslie Swartz & Brian Watermeyer
Disability or Extraordinary Talent—Francesco Lentini (Three Legs) Versus Oscar Pistorius (No Legs)
Ivo van Hilvoorde & Laurens Landeweerd
After Pistorius: Paralympic Philosophy and Ethics FREE ACCESS
Should Oscar Pistorius be Excluded from the 2008 Olympic Games?
S. D. Edwards
Paralympians Outperforming Olympians: An Increasing Challenge for Olympism and the Paralympic and Olympic Movement
Lower extremity leg amputation: An advantage in running?
Knut Lechler & Magnus Lilja
- Featured Special Issues:The Paralympic Gamespublished in International Journal of Disability, Development and EducationView the full Special Issue Collection here.
- Read the latest blog by Ian Brittain: A fantastic 11 days of sport ended last night.A must read: The Paralympic Games Explained book by Ian Brittain
- FREE ACCESS: A forecast of the performance of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the London 2012 Olympic Games
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