Oscar Pistorius will become the first double amputee to compete in an individual event at the Olympic Games as South African Olympic officials named him in the 400 metres as well as the 4x400m relay.
By Jacquelin Magnay
“Today is truly one of the proudest days of my life. To have been selected to represent Team South Africa at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the individual 400m and the 4x400m relay is a real honour and I am so pleased that years of hard work, determination and sacrifice have all come together,” he said.
Senior South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) officials, chief executive Tubby Reddy and president Gideon Sam, met this afternoon to ratify the historic selection of Pistorius for the individual event.
Pistorius will also become the first man to compete in both the Olympics and Paralympics.
They had earlier named Pistorius for the 4x400m relay team alongside Willem de Beer, Ofentse Mogawane and Shaun de Jager. The team won silver at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea last year.
But Pistorius’s selection in both the relay and individual races will continue to generate controversy because of the carbon fibre technology he requires.
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Published July 2012