Oscar Pistorius will become the first amputee to compete in the Olympics after he was selected to compete for South Africa in the 400-meter race despite not originally qualifying.Pistorius missed the qualifying time of 45.3 seconds by less than a quarter of a second at his last event, but was surprisingly named to the team yesterday anyway. He announced the news himself on Twitter.
Pistorius will also compete in the 4×400-meter relay.
Pistorius was born without a fibula in either leg, and at 11 months old, had both legs amputated.
The runner became a controversial figure in the track world as he attempted to qualify for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, as his artificial limbs were thought to give Pistorius an advantage over the field.
In 2007, the use of artificial limbs or any technical device that could give a competitor an advantage was banned from use, but the Court of Arbitration overruled the decision in 2008, according to the Los Angeles Times.
He didn’t qualify for the Beijing Games, but Pistorius will complete his inspirational journey to the Olympics in London this summer.
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