Meet Oscar Pistorius of South Africa, "The Fastest Thing on No Legs". He is a Paralympic runner who was recently profiled in this piece in the New York Times (thanks Erin!). Long story short: He wants to run in Beijing 2008, and track and field's governing body, the IAAF, is considering not letting him. (Here is his Wikipedia page and a video on the controversy.)
To be sure, he hasn't qualified yet. Here are his best times, with the Olympic A standard in parentheses:
100m: 10.91 (10.21)
200m: 21.58 (20.59)
400m: 46.34 (45.55)
As you can see, he's pretty darn close.
The issue is that his prosthetic limbs might give him an "advantage". It wouldn't be fair to allow such blatant "technodoping". And why should "humans" have to compete against "transhumans". This is ridiculous. Don't speculate as to whether his prosthetic limbs give him an advantage or not. Do the research. And until then, don't start making ridiculous rules.
I hope Oscar gets the time in the 400 meters and/or that South Africa qualifies for the Olympics in the 4 x 400 meter relay and that they select him to be on the team. I hope they press the issue and give him the opportunity. Even if his prosthetic limbs do give him an "advantage" (note: I'd wager my legs that they don't) they aren't the real reason he's so fast.
This is the real reason he's so fast:
“These have always been my legs,” [Oscar] said. “I train harder than other guys, eat better, sleep better and wake up thinking about athletics. I think that's probably why I'm a bit of an exception.”
That is exactly what makes him an exception, an athlete every bit as exceptional as "able-bodied" champions. And that is exactly why he should not be treated as an exception with regards to the 2008 Olympics.
If he qualifies, I say let him run.