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CAPE TOWN, July 18 South Africa's double amputee
runner Oscar Pistorius has not qualified to compete against
able-bodied athletes at next month's Beijing Olympics.
"He failed to qualify," said Athletics South Africa
president Leonard Chuene after the final athletics team members
were named at a news conference in Johannesburg on Friday.
"The selection of the team was very simple, the fastest
times were taken," he added.
In his last opportunity to qualify for the 4x400 metres
relay team, Pistorius failed to better the 400m qualifying time
of 45.55 seconds at a meeting in Lucerne this week.
Pistorius, who uses a pair of carbon-fibre blades to run,
began competing against able-bodied athletes in 2007.
However, the sport's governing International Association of
Athletics Federations (IAAF) banned him from competing against
able-bodied athletes in January after ruling that his
prosthetics gave him an unfair advantage.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) lifted the ban in
May but the lull in Pistorius's training left him without enough
time to regain top form.
He will compete in the 100, 200 and 400 at the Beijing
Paralympics. Pistorius holds world records in all three events.
(Reporting by Zelim Nel, editing by Ken Ferris)