'Bladerunner' Pistorius to Race in Olympics

As part of South Africa's 4x400 relay team, and in the 400m race
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2012 7:05 AM CDT
Updated Jul 4, 2012 8:51 AM CDT
Oscar Pistorius, of South Africa, races in the 400-meter event on Saturday, June 2, 2012, at the Prefontaine Classic athletics meet in Eugene, Ore.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(Newser) – The London Olympics have yet to begin, but Oscar Pistorius has already entered the record books. The double amputee has been selected as a member of South Africa's 4x400 relay team, making him the first amputee track athlete ever to compete at the Games. And in a big surprise decision, he'll also run in the individual 400 meters. The AP notes he failed to qualify for that race last week, missing out by less than a quarter of a second. But South Africa's Olympic committee today gave him the OK to race in his individual event, though he had not met their qualifying criteria.

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