Double-amputee Pistorius qualifies for 400 semis

Daegu: Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius on Sunday qualified for the semifinals of the 400 meters, finishing third in the final heat at Daegu Stadium.

The South African qualified for Monday`s semifinals in 45.39 seconds. The final is Tuesday.

Pistorius was running against able-bodies athletes at a major championship for the first time. The South African, who had his legs amputated when he was a baby, runs on carbon-fiber blades.

Pistorius is also expected to run the leadoff leg of South Africa`s 4x400 relay team next weekend.

Bureau Report

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