Double-amputee Oscar Pistorius is going to the London Olympics after being selected in South Africas 4×400 relay team. The Blade Runner is set to become the first amputee track athlete ever to compete at the Games after South Africas Olympic committee picked him on Wednesday as one of 13 athletes on the national team.
Today is really one of the happiest days of my life! Will be in (at)London2012 for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games! the multiple Paralympic champion posted on Twitter. Thank you to everyone that has made me the athlete I am! God,family and friends,my competitors and supporters! You have all had a hand!
Pistorius was selected alongside Willem de Beer,Ofentse Mogawane and Shaun de Jager for the 4×400 race.The selection eased Pistorius disappointment at his failure to qualify in the individual 400 meters.
Despite missing out in the 400 by less than a quarter of a second at the African championships last week,Pistorius will get to realise his dream of competing at Olympic and Paralympic events in the same year.
Pistorius made history last year by qualifying for the world championships Daegu,South Korea. He won silver with South Africa in the 4×400 as the first amputee competing in the race. However,the decision to leave him out of the final race caused controversy.