Blade Runner ruled ineligible for Olympic qualifying events We're living in weird times when someone can compete in the Paralympics but be overqualified for the Olympics. Earlier today the International Association of Athletics Federations, track and field's world governing body, handed down the decision that 21-year-old Oscar Pistorius is ineligible to compete in qualifying events for the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Pistorius, generally known as the Blade Runner, was born without fibulas and had both legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old. But with his state-of-the-art carbon fiber prosthetics-- called Cheetahs-- he has set Paralympic …
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A double-leg amputee and his high-tech prosthetics are blazing a trail into able-bodied sports. Will they be welcomed?