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South Africa's double amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius takes the start of the men's 400m heats. AFP photo

South Africa's double amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius takes the start of the men's 400m heats. AFP photo

It was only a morning 400-meter heat but Oscar Pistorius took a big step in Olympic history today, becoming the first double amputee runner to compete in the Olympics.
 
In front of another full 80,000-seat stadium for a qualifying session, the South African cut through a mild morning sunshine on his carbon blades to reach the semifinals with a second-place finish after a strong second half to his race.
 
His time of 45.44 seconds was important enough, but didn’t quite match the announcement at the start - "This is Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius" - that marked his entry into the Olympics.

August/04/2012

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