Over the years, the topic of whether or not runners with prosthetic legs should be allowed to compete in the same Olympic events as able-bodied runners has gained a significant amount of steam. On one hand, you have athletes with amazing stories who have refused to let their disabilities stop them from achieving their goals. How can anyone stand in the way of someone who has managed to become one of the fastest runners in the world despite having no legs? On the flip side, you have people like US sprinting legend Michael Johnson, who feels that prosthetic limbs can lead to an unfair advantage.
More specifically, Johnson believes that Oscar Pistorius — a South African known to many as “blade runner” — could have an advantage over the other runners in the 400-meter in London, where he will be allowed to compete in able-bodied races.
“It is a great story, he is a great individual and he has been a great ambassador for athletes with a disability and for people, and how to overcome (that) and continue to strive,” Johnson said according to The Telegraph.” Oscar sees no limits; he has no fear when competing against able-bodied athletes. So it is hard for people to understand and to accept when you start to talk about whether or not he may have the advantage.