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Olympics Day 8 - Athletics

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Oscar Pistorius of South Africa competes in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Pistorius makes history at London Olympics

5 August 2012

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius became the first double amputee to compete on the track at an Olympic Games on 4 August 2012, finishing second in his men's 400 metres heat with a season's best time. Nicknamed 'Blade Runner', Pistorius races wearing carbon fibre prosthetic blades after being born without a fibula in both legs. The 25-year-old, who is also in South Africa's 4x400 relay team, raced to huge cheers and looked comfortable throughout as he qualified for the semi-finals with a time of 45.44 seconds - beating a previous season's best of 45.52.