Posted July 04, 2012 on
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Double amputee Oscar Pistorius is going to the London Olympics after being selected for South Africa's 4x400 relay team.
Pistorius is set to become the first amputee track athlete ever to compete at the Olympics. South Africa's Olympic committee picked him Wednesday.
The selection eased Pistorius' disappointment at his failure to qualify in the individual 400 meters. The 25-year-old South African, who runs on carbon fiber prosthetics, missed out by less than a quarter of a second in his final qualifying race at the African championships last week.
Pistorius made history last year by qualifying for the world championships and winning silver in the 4x400.
Pistorius won several medals at the Beijing and Athens Paralympics.
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Double-amputee Oscar Pistorious has achieved his goal of making it into the Olympics. The South African will be heading to London.
The man they call "Blade Runner" has been making history his whole track and field career. Now, he's set to top everything he's done before. Oscar Pistorius, the South African runner who is also a double below-knee amputee and runs on a pair of carbon fiber prostheses, was selected by his country's Olympic committee on Wednesday to run not only in the 4x400...
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South Africa's "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius was named to the 400 meter squad and the 4x400 relay team. The South African committee waited until the very last to...
Oscar Pistorius was selected Wednesday to run in both the individual 400 meters and the 4x400 relay at the London Olympics, clearing the way for him to become the first amputee track athlete to compete at any games.