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Irving Jahir Saladino Aranda wins gold medal in men’s long jump

Irving Jahir Saladino Aranda from Panama has won the gold medal in men’s long jump at the Beijing Olympics.
It was Panama’s first ever gold medal at an Olympic games.
Khotso Mokoena from South Africa won the silver medal and Ibrahim Camejo from Cuba won the bronze.

9 years ago

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Double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius, often referred to as the “blade runner” has accused the IAAF of trying to stop him from competing at the Beijing Olympics.
IAFF gave Pistorius approval to compete in the able-bodied Beijing Olympics. He would still however have to record an Olympic qualifying time, which he has since been unable [...]

Double amputee Oscar Pistorius’s dream of qualifying for the Beijing Olympics is beginning to fade as he missed another opportunity to qualify for the 400 meters.
He ran his best time though last week in Milan.
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Natalie du Toit from South Africa will be the first person to compete in both the Olympics and Paralympics after being named on both swimming teams.
Natalie lost her left leg in a car accident in 2001. She qualified for the Beijing Olympics by finishing fourth in the 10 kilometer open water championships.
She won five [...]

Tim Keown believe Oscar Pistorius shouldn’t be allowed to compete in the Olympics. Oscar Pistorius is a double amputee who runs on specially designed prosthetics. He has recently won the right to compete in the Olympics, although has yet to qualify for Beijing.
He argues as follows:
Pistorius is running on artificial legs, wonders [...]

Just watching CNN tonight I learned that double amputee Oscar Pistorius can at least try to qualify to compete in the Beijing Olympics after beating a ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The IAAF initially said he cannot compete because the blades attached to his legs would give an unfair advantage.
“I don’t think [...]

Just after qualifying for the Beijing Olympics in the 10 km Open Water swim, Natalie du Toit won the 100 meter freestyle event at the Paralympic world cup.
The South African swimmer lost her leg in a motorcycle accident.
She wore one of the new LZR Racer swimsuits from Speedo.
“My suit is a bit big and I [...]