Oscar Pistorius became the first double amputee to compete in the Olympic Games as he competed in the Men's 400 meters over the weekend. The South African made the semifinals of the 400 by finishing second in a preliminary heat, but finished a disappointing eighth place in his semifinal run.
At one point it seemed as though he would never be allowed to run in the Olympics because he was banned from running against able-bodied athletes due to a perceived advantage his prosthetics gave him. However, scientists later determined that he is not receiving an advantage from his prosthetic legs and allowed him to compete against able-bodied athletes. Pistorius will stay in London to compete in the upcoming Paralympics with the hopes of defending several of his gold medals from the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.
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