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article imageDouble amputee Oscar Pistorius fails to qualify for Beijing Olympics narrowly

By Kesavan Unnikrishnan     Jul 18, 2008 in Sports
Double-amputee Oscar Pistorius will not be competing at the Beijing Olympics after he failed to qualify in the 400m event narrowly. Later, South African federation opted not to include the 'blade runner' in the Olympics relay squad.
Oscar Pistorius, whose both legs are amputated holds holds the world record for most of the run events in the Paralympics. But he never wanted to limit himself for the paralympic games. His brave run to qualify for the Beijing Olympics came to an end after he failed to reach the qualification mark for the 400 m event. He clocked a season's best of 46.25 seconds but fell short of the 45.55 qualifying time
Pistorius, who runs on specially made carbon-fiber prosthetic legs had to face International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ban that stopped him competing against able-bodied athletes. IAAF had found that he was getting an unfair advantage over normal athletes due to his artificial legs. They also said that his blade shaped legs may cause danger to his co-runners.
IAAF had to lift the ban on Pistorius after Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the ban on him in May.
His hopes suffered another blow after he was not included in the South African relay team.
Athletics South Africa spokesman Molatelo Malehopo said
He is not going at all for the Olympics games. We have faster guys than him in our Olympic team.
But Pistorius is hopeful that he can take part in the 2012 London Olympics.
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