Pistorius Fails in 2nd Olympics Bid

South Africa's Pistorius short of qualifying for 400, may have one chance left
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2008 5:00 PM CDT
South Africa's double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius, left, missed a chance to qualify for the Olympics at a meet in Rome today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius missed out in another attempt to qualify for the Olympics today, the AP reports, improving his time in the 400 meters but still falling short of the qualifying time at a meet in Rome. The 21-year-old South African will try again Wednesday in Switzerland, and could still be selected to the country's relay squad.

Pistorius said he still hopes to qualify for the Olympics but "it was always going to be a very difficult goal, I have to be realistic and I have to admit the chances are slim." Pistorius resumed training less than two months ago after a sports arbitration court ruled that he was eligible to run in Beijing.