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Double Amputee Oscar Pistorius Will Compete In The 2012 Olympics

Less than a week ago, it appeared that Oscar Pistorius's feel-good story had come to an end, as the double amputee sprinter had failed to post a worthy time in the 400 meter race at the Olympic qualifiers, effectively killing his chances to represent South Africa at this summer's games.

The South African Olympic committee made a surprise decision today, though, when it selected Pistorius to compete in the 400 and 4x400 relay as a member of the South African team. Pistorius will become the first ever amputee to run at the summer games.


Pistorius walked a hard road to get this moment, first being told that he wouldn't be allowed to compete in the 2008 Olympics, and then failing to qualify for the games once his ban had been overturned. Whether Pistorius wins a medal or not seems beside the point. The fact that he has even made it this far is a monumental accomplishment.

Double Amputee Pistorius Set to Run in Olympics [AP]

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