Double-amputee runner Pistorius fails to reach 400m finals

Double-amputee runner Pistorius fails to reach 400m finals

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Oscar Pistorius of South Africa hugs Kirani James of Grenada after he competed in the Men's 400m Semi Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 5, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 5 at 4:25 PM

LONDON (AP) -- Double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius failed to reach the Olympic final of the 400 meters, following up a bad start with a slow race and finishing last in his semifinal heat.

The first amputee to compete in track at the Olympics never stood a chance and finished the race on his fiber carbon blades in 46.54 seconds, .95 of a second behind winner Kirani James of Grenada.

Still, world champion Kirani James immediately walked over to Pistorius after the race and asked for his name bib as a souvenir.

Pistorius is still expected to run the 4x400 relays, which start Thursday. Last year, Pistorius and South Africa won the silver at the world championships.

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