Johannesburg: Double amputee Oscar Pistorius is going to the London Olympics after being selected in South Africa’s 4×400 relay team.
Pistorius is set to become the first amputee track athlete ever to compete at the games. 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 blades, missed out by less than a quarter of a second at his final qualifying race at the African championships last week.
Double amputee Oscar Pistorius is going to the London Olympics after being selected in South Africa’s 4×400 relay team. AP
Pistorius made history last year by qualifying for the world championships, where he won silver in the 4×400. The decision to leave him out of the final race caused controversy.
Pistorius won several medals at the Beijing and Athens Paralympics.
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