Originally posted on It's Always Sunny in Detroit  |  Last updated 8/4/12

Legs?  Oscar Pistorius doesn’t need no stinkin’ legs.  Blades will do just fine.  The 25-year old South African ran finished second in his 400M heat clocking a 45.44 second run to reach Sunday’s semi-final.

He became the first double-amputee to compete in the Olympics.  A birth defect led to his legs being amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old.  The fight to run and walk wasn’t the only battle Pistorius has had.  He didn’t immediately qualify for the South African Olympic team.  Per the Chicago Tribune:

Five years ago, studies conducted by track’s international governing body showed Pistorius expended less energy than an able-bodied runner and banned him from official competitions. He responded by remaining in the Paralympics, where he won titles and still competes today. However, a year later, that decision was overruled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and Pistorius was given another chance. When he met the Olympic standard qualifying time this year, South Africa added him to the team, much to the dismay of some.

Perhaps the craziest part of Pistorius’ Olympic journey came on his actual trip over to London.  The legs that he used to advance to Sunday’s semi-final – they were packed in a carry-on bag.

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