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SARAH KWAK
July 23, 2012
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius (left) will become the Olympics' first double-amputee athlete and sixth Paralympian, after, among others, countrywoman Natalie du Toit, who swam at the 2008 Games, and Poland's Natalia Partyka, who competed in table tennis in Beijing. Pistorius, 25, whose legs were removed when he was 11 months old because of a congenital defect, will race in the 400 meters and the 4 × 400 relay. The carbon-fiber blades on which he races were declared legal for competition in '08, but Pistorius didn't meet the Beijing Olympic qualifying standards. Though he is not considered to be a medal contender this time around, he has the year's fastest time in the 400 by a South African (45.20 seconds).
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July 23, 2012

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South Africa's Oscar Pistorius (left) will become the Olympics' first double-amputee athlete and sixth Paralympian, after, among others, countrywoman Natalie du Toit, who swam at the 2008 Games, and Poland's Natalia Partyka, who competed in table tennis in Beijing. Pistorius, 25, whose legs were removed when he was 11 months old because of a congenital defect, will race in the 400 meters and the 4 × 400 relay. The carbon-fiber blades on which he races were declared legal for competition in '08, but Pistorius didn't meet the Beijing Olympic qualifying standards. Though he is not considered to be a medal contender this time around, he has the year's fastest time in the 400 by a South African (45.20 seconds).

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