28 Jul '13, 9pm

Science of Sport: Alan Oliveira runs 10.57s. Leg length or something else? Over to the IPC and IAAF

Science of Sport: Alan Oliveira runs 10.57s. Leg length or something else? Over to the IPC and IAAF

It's clear that if the current progression continues, the IPC and the IAAF will have to reassess the situation of double-amputees racing in the able-bodied events. Oliveira won the 400m title at the World Champs this weekend, but with a less than stellar time. He said after that he doesn't train for the longer distance. With an Olympic Games coming up in his own country, and with 3 years of preparation, maturity and strength to gain, it's almost inconceivable that he won't at least attempt to run in both Olympic and Paralympic competitions, emulating Pistorius. Perhaps he will focus on the 200m - another half a second improvement on his 20.66s WR puts him into a final there, with possibilities of a medal should three years produce similar improvements to 2013. Given that he is only 20, and clearly still in a period of rapid improvement, such an improvement is well within t...

Full article: http://www.sportsscientists.com/2013/07/alan-oliveira-run...

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