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South Africa's Oscar Pistorius advances to 400m semifinals

08-04-2012 18:42 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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Oscar Pistorius of South Africa has become the first amputee to compete on the track at an Olympics, finishing second in his 400-meter heat Saturday to advance to the next round.

Nicknamed ’Blade Runner’, Pistorius races wearing carbon fibre prosthetic blades, as he was born without a fibula in both legs. The 25-year-old, who is also in South Africa’s 4x400 relay team, raced to huge cheers and looked comfortable throughout as he qualified for the semi-finals with a time of 45.44 seconds.

Pistorius was born without fibulas and his legs were amputated below the knee before he was a year old. It never stopped him from playing sports--even rugby--with prosthetics.

Oscar Pistorius of South Africa has become the first amputee to compete on the track at an Olympics, finishing second in his 400-meter heat Saturday to advance to the next round.

Oscar Pistorius of South Africa has become the first amputee to
compete on the track at an Olympics, finishing second in his
400-meter heat Saturday to advance to the next round.

Oscar Pistorius of South Africa has become the first amputee
to compete on the track at an Olympics, finishing second in
his 400-meter heat Saturday to advance to the next round.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CCTV.com

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