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Oscar Pistorius qualifies for worlds

Updated: July 19, 2011, 9:19 PM ET
Associated Press

Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius qualified for the athletics world championships, running his best ever time in the 400 meters Tuesday in his last race before the cutoff date.

The South African -- nicknamed "Blade Runner" -- also moved a step closer to fulfilling his dream of competing in the 2012 Olympics after clocking a personal best of 45.07 seconds at a small meet in the northern Italian town of Lignano.

The 24-year-old Pistorius needed to run 45.25 -- having never run ...

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