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Pistorious at the Olympics: the saga continues
  1. Giuseppe Lippi
  1. Correspondence to Professor Giuseppe Lippi, U.O. Diagnostica Ematochimica, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Parma, Via Gramsci, 14, 43126—Parma, Italy; glippi{at}, ulippi{at}

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The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will take place in London, from 27 July to 12 August. The most important sport competition in the world shapes up to be unprecedented in the overall number of participants, finally including ‘the fastest man on no legs’, Oscar Pistorious. Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius was born in 1986 in South Africa with congenital absence of the fibula in both legs that were amputated halfway between his knees and ankles when he was 11 months old. Strongly supported by his family, Pistorious became a keen sportsman during his school years. Accompanying Oscar on his remarkable journey to the very apex of his sport career have been J-shaped, prosthetic running blades made on Cheetah, custom-built, high-performance carbon fibre foots designed primarily for sporting activities. Although declared eligible to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Pistorius did not qualify. Nevertheless, with a time of 45.07 s on 19 July 2011, he lastly achieved the ‘A’ qualifying standard for the 2012 Olympics in the 400 m discipline. On 8 August 2011 it was announced that he had …

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