For The First Time Ever An Amputee Will Compete In Both The Olympics And The Paralympics

The South African double amputee will run the 400 meters and the 4x400 meter relay. posted on

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Besides having the greatest nickname in the history of sports, “Blade Runner.” Oscar Pistorius has a new distinction to add to his resumé. The double amputee was just added to the South African 400 meter and 4×400 meter relay teams for the 2012 Olympics in London. Not the Paralympics, where he’s won gold four times before, but the main games where he’ll compete against the likes of Usain Bolt.

Pistorius, who attempted to qualify for the 2008 team in China but was unable to get his times fast enough, will also compete in the Paralympics, but the focus of the world will be on his Olympic debut. The 25 year old said of the accomplishment, “To have been selected to represent Team South Africa is a real honour, and I am so pleased that years of hard work, determination and sacrifice have all come together. Today is truly one of the proudest days of my life.”

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