5 Jul 2012

Oscar Pistorius to compete at Olympics

11:59 am on 5 July 2012

South African runner Oscar Pistorius is set to be the first double amputee runner at the Olympic Games after being picked by South Africa to run in the London event.

South African selectors picked Pistorius for their 4x400m relay team, which means he can also run in the individual 400m event.

The athlete ppeared to have missed the chance of competing in the individual 400m after he narrowly failed to clock the 'A' standard time for a second time as required by South Africa's Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, the BBC reports.

But his inclusion in the relay team opened up his chance to also race in the individual event. He will also compete in the Paralympics.

Pistorius ran in the individual 400m at the 2011 World Championships in South Korea but did not progress beyond the semi-finals.

He also ran in the relay but after running in the heats was omitted from the final as South Africa went on to claim silver.

Pistorius was born in Johannesburg and had both legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old because of a congenital condition that meant he was born without lower leg bones, the BBC reports.