July 4, 2012 5:08 PM Subscribe
South Africa has named Oscar Pistorius and his running blades (Previously Previouslier Previousliest) to their 2012 Olympic track and field team in the 400 and 4x400 relay. He needed to run a 45.30 or better twice this year to qualify on his own merits, but he has done this only once this year (and at least once last year). The New York Times Magazine profiled him earlier this year. However, he will not be the first competitor to be named to both the olympics and paralympics in the same year:
- Natalie Du Toit (swimming)
- Brian McKeever (Cross-Country skiing, withdrawn due to coach's decision)
- Jason Smyth? (track and field) He has to beat a 10.18 qualifying time at the Irish Championships in the 100 meters. His seasonal best is a 10.24; a 10.17 recorded earlier this year was disallowed due to favorable wind conditions.
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