Pistorius set for 2012 Olympics

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Updated: July 20, 2011

Oscar Pistorius is on the verge of making the Olympic Games after running a time inside the world championships and 2012 London Olympics qualifying mark.

The double amputee, known as Blade Runner, clocked 45.07 seconds for the 400 metres in Italy and as his time was inside the ‘A’ standard, he could now be selected on the South African team for the London games.

“It was just a dream race,” Pistorius told Reuters.

“I am sure tomorrow when I wake up it (the accomplishment) is going to hit me. It is really humbling to know I have gotten so much support from everyone.

“With 180 metres out, I just decided to set out for the end, and I really ran a very comfortable last 100 metres.

“It is kind of strange because I broke my personal best by half a second, which is ridiculous.”

Pistorius’ attempt to compete at the 2008 Beijing Olympics ended in failure despite winning his battle with the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) over the use of the prosthetic running blades.

The IAAF argued that the blades gave him an unfair advantage over able-bodied athletes and banned the use of the carbon fibre legs, forcing Pistorius to take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The court ruled in his favour but he was too late to make the games.

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