Bladerunner Wins Appeal, Sets Sights on Olympics

Double amputee can compete in trials
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2008 2:50 PM CDT
Oscar Pistorius looks at his prosthetic blade used for running, during a meeting with students in Rome, Monday May 12, 2008.    (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri)
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(Newser) – Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter who wants the chance to compete in the Olympics on his carbon-fiber blades, has won his appeal. The Court of Arbitration for Sport revoked the IAAF's ban on the South African Paralympic champion, making Pistorius eligible to compete against able-bodied runners. The runner is eager to "pursue my dream of competing in the Olympic Games," AFP reports.

"The panel was not persuaded that there was sufficient evidence of any metabolic advantage in favour of a double amputee using the Cheetah Flex-Foot," said the statement, noting that "this decision has no application to the eligibility of any other athletes or any other model of prosthetic limb."