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Are high-tech prostheses fair?

This past week, another scientific study on running raised the issue of athletes with lower-leg amputations who use high-tech prosthetics having a bionic advantage in contests against ordinary competitors. Increasingly sophisticated innovations ‘” like the carbon-fiber Cheetah Flex-Foot ‘” appear to give amputee sprinters a technological edge in medium-distance races like the 400 meters. Is opening able-bodied competitions to disabled athletes like the double-amputee Oscar Pistorius, fitted out with futuristic J-shaped blade extensions, just political correctness run amok? What do you think? Should these Jetson-esque performance enhancements be allowed in competition against athletes who are confined to the limitations of the human body? GO!

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