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Double Amputee To Compete In World Championships

Double Amputee To Compete In World Championships

Oscar Pistorius will become the first person with prosthetic limbs to compete in the World Championships…

Oscar Pistorius will become the first ever double-amputee to compete in the able-bodied World Championships after being selected for South Africa’s 2011 squad.

The 24-year-old double-amputee, who uses two carbon-fiber Cheetah prosthetics, will race in the 400m and 4x400m relay. The event begins in Daegu, South Korea on 27 August.

Pistorius has long suffered opposition from the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), who in 2008 banned athletes with prosthetics from competing alongside able-bodied athletes claiming that the artificial limbs gave them an unfair advantage.

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Oscar Pistorius To Compete In World Championships

Image Credit: Oscar Pistorius, 2010.

Fortunately, the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned that ban allowing Pistorius to compete.

Pistorius is not tipped to win his events, his personal best of 45.07 seconds is just under the qualifying time, however he is hoping to beat his PB and is extremely happy to finally be allowed to compete in the games.

I have dreamt for such a long time of competing in a major championships and this is a very proud moment in my life.

It will be a great day for me when I set out on the track in Daegu and I hope to do my country proud.

This will be the highest-profile and most prestigious able-bodied event which I have ever competed in, and I will face the highest-caliber of athletes from across the planet.

South Africa’s squad will also see the return of Womens 800m world champion Caster Semenya, who has now been cleared to run after 11-months awaiting the decision of her gender test.

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