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Blade runner Oscar Pistorius qualifies for London 2012 Olympics

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    [h=1]Blade runner Oscar Pistorius qualifies for London 2012 Olympics[/h] 20/07/2011
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    [​IMG] Oscar Pistorius of South Africa (Pic:Getty)

    Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius has qualified for next month's World Championships and the London 2012 Olympics after clocking 45.07 seconds for the 400 metres at a meeting in Italy last night.
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    The South African double amputee, who runs with carbon fibre prosthetic running blades after being born without a fibula in both legs, achieved the 45.25secs 'A' standard qualifying time by winning a race in Lignano.
    The 24-year-old, a four-time Paralympic gold medallist, finished well clear of the field as he smashed his personal best of 45.61.
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    Oscar Pistorius in action
    Pistorius will become the first amputee sprinter to compete at the World Championships, which get under way in Daegu, South Korea, on August 27, and the Olympics.
    The race was Pistorius' final chance to seal his spot in Daegu and came just two days after he had clocked 46.65 in windy conditions in Padua.
    In 2008, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in his favour after a lengthy legal battle with the International Association of Athletics Federations over whether his blades gave him an advantage.
    But Pistorius, who had both lower legs amputated when he was 11 months old, failed to achieve the qualifying time for the 400m at the 2008 Beijing Games.
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    congratulations on this auspicious occasion.........................you inspire plenty of us on this particular feat................
     
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