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BLAKE LEEPER: PARALYMPIAN LOSES CAS APPEAL TO USE PROSTHETICS

American double amputee Blake Leeper has lost his appeal.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the blades allowed him run at a height several inches taller than if he ran with biological legs. Leeper’s legal team said the verdict was “racially discriminatory.

Blake Leeper

Leeper, who was born without both legs below the knee, had qualified for the 2019 World Championships but was not allowed to compete while his case was reviewed by World Athletics.

His 400m best time of 44.3 seconds would have qualified him for the US Olympic trials. He won silver in the T43 400m and bronze in the 200m at the 2012 London Paralympic Games behind Oscar Pistorius.

However, his case to Cas was partly upheld with the World Athletics rule which puts the burden of proof on disabled athletes requiring them to prove that their prostheses do not provide them with an overall advantage against able-bodied athletes, deemed invalid.

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