Oscar Pistorius: 'Blade Runner' Makes South Africa Olympic Team
Double-Amputee Oscar Pistorius Cleared to Run 400m, 4x400m Relay
Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee since age 11, will become the first amputee to run in an Olympic track event. Pistorius has made the South African Olympic team in the 400m and the 4x400m relay.
- Oscar Pistorius: "Still on cloud 9 but need to keep at what got me here so off to the Gym. Thank you all who shared today with me, I really appreciate it!"
Originally, Oscar Pistorius only made the relay team, missing the cutoff time for the individual 400m by .22 seconds. However, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) selected him as its sole runner for the 400m.
SASCOC President Gideon Sam told the press, "As I have said many times before, we are not taking passengers to London."
Pistorius will become the first athlete to compete in the Olympics and Paralympics during the same year.
Ironically, Oscar Pistorius barely missed qualification for the 2008 Games in Beijing, due to the time and energy required to lobby for the right to compete as a fully-able athlete.
Now the South African Olympic team has a certified international star.