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Making History - Bionic Man to Run in 400 Meters in Summer Olympics

Double amputee Oscar Pistorius will compete in the 400 and 4 x 400 relay in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Update on Aug. 4 - Pistorius qualified for semi-final in London.

All South African runner Oscar Pistorius wanted was to be able to compete on an even playing field. But as a double amputee he couldn't do that. Not because he was disabled, but because it was believed that he had an unfair advantage, that his bionic legs gave him an edge.

Pistorius finally won a court battle to run against able-bodied athletes in international competitions, but initially failed to meet South African Olympic standards to be able to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. However, Yahoo Sports Blogs reported Wednesday that the South African Olympic Committee has ruled Pistorius could compete in the 400 meters at the upcoming London Olympics. In a surprise decision, he was selected for both the 400 and 4x400 relay by the South African Olympic committee. Pistorius will become the first amputee to run in the Summer Olympics.

Sharon Swanepoel August 04, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I was so glad to see this, not just because of my South African history, but also because it opens the door for so many of our men and women who have had their lives changed as a result of the wars in the Middle East. Now if amputees choose to compete as regular athletes, they will have that opportunity.

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