No reason 'Blade Runner' shouldn't race at worlds
Published: August 10, 2011 3:27 AM By The Associated Press NANCY ARMOUR (AP National Writer)
Quick ReadWhen he ran qualifying time, double-amputee Pistorius earned right to test himself at worlds
Photo credit: AP | FILE – This is a Saturday, June, 4, 2011 file photo of Oscar Pistorius, of South Africa, as he shoots out of the blocks for the 400-meter race during the Prefontaine Classic track and field meet in Eugene, Ore. Pistorius finished eighth. South Africa's athletics federation selected double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius in its team Monday Aug. 8, 2011 for this month's world championships. Pistorius was set to be the first amputee athlete to compete at the able-bodied worlds when he was confirmed to represent South Africa in Daegu, South Korea, as its only runner in the 400 meters. He was also chosen for the 4×400 relay. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
All Oscar Pistorius wants is a chance. Not charity, not special treatment.
The double-amputee runner will race at the world championships later this month after being named to South Africa's team Monday, fulfilling a dream he's pursued in courtrooms and on the track the last four years. He won't win the 400 meters in Daegu, South Korea. He might not even make it out of the qualifying heats.