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Oscar Pistorius advances to semis in 400

8/27/2011

DAEGU, South Korea -- Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius qualified for the semifinals of the 400 meters Sunday, finishing third in the final heat at Daegu Stadium.

The South African qualified for Monday's semifinals in 45.39 seconds. The final is Tuesday.

Pistorius was running against able-bodies athletes at a major championships for the first time. The South African, who had his legs amputated when he was a baby, runs on carbon-fiber blades.

Pistorius is also expected to run the leadoff leg of South Africa's 4x400 relay team next weekend.