Oscar Pistorius to run in London 2012 Olympics, first amputee runner to compete in the Olympic Games

By on Jul 5, 2012 in Africa, Racing, Sports Comments

Updated: August 4, 2012 7:50 p.m.

Read Amputee runner Oscar Pistorius wins London 2012 400-meter race as 2nd place, moves to semifinals

Oscar Pistorius will compete in the London 2012 Olympics, and will be first amputee runner ever to join the Olympic games; after the Team South Africa allowed him and said that he passed the requirements needed and is therefore qualified.

Oscar Pistorius running

Oscar Pistorius
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As noted at the official website of Oscar Pistorius on Monday, July 2, 2012, Pistorius placed second position at the African Championships in Benin on Friday with the time of 45.52s, wherein the Olympic ‘A’ qualification standard for the individual 400m at the Olympic games is 45.30s.

On Wednesday, July 4, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) announced that Pistorius, also known as ‘Blade Runner‘, will be competing in the individual men’s 400m and 4x400m relay at the London 2012 Olympic Games, a first time ever in the history of Olympics.

“Today is truly one of the proudest days of my life. To have been selected to represent Team South Africa at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the individual 400m and the 4x400m relay is a real honor and I am so pleased that years of hard work, determination, and sacrifice have all come together.” Pistorius was quoted at OscarPistorius.com.

“I have run two Olympic ‘A’ standard times over the past twelve months and with the time I ran at the African Championships last week I know my speed and fitness are constantly improving so that I will peak in time for the Olympics.” Pistorius added, who lost both of his legs when he was 11 months old.

Pistorius, 25, also dubbed as the ‘fastest man on no legs’ and failed in the 2008 Olympics trials, has been the subject of criticism; with his detractors saying that his artificial limbs give him an advantage over runners with natural ankles and feet. He runs with carbon-fiber blades known as Cheetahs.

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