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Oscar Pistorius fails to get into 400 meter final, still makes history

By Bryan Fischer | Blogger

History was made at Olympic Stadium on Sunday night as South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius ran around the track in the 400 meters. Even though the double amputee finished dead last in his heat with a time of 46.54, the mere fact that a runner without legs made it as far as he did against the world's best was simply awe-inspiring for millions looking on around the globe.

His peers were so impressed with what he was able to accomplish in London that the winner of the heat, reigning world champion Kirani James, asked to trade bibs with him. There had been plenty of controversy once Pistorius was admitted to the Games despite the IAAF (the track governing body) putting out a memo to the South African delegation to strongly reconsider sending him to London even after it was deemed his blades did not give him an unfair advantage against other runners.

Pistorius is not done at the Olympics as he's slated to hit the track one more time for the 4x400 relay for South Africa. He is also considered a heavy favorite at several events later this month at the London Para-Olympic games.

Still, no matter what side of the Pistorius debate you fall on, what happened on the track Sunday was stirring to see.

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