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Olympics: Update on double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius

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    South Africa's Oscar Pistorius runs in one of the men's 400-meter semifinal races during the athletics competition in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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LONDON >> 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 one-hundredths 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 4×400 relays, which start Thursday. Last year, Pistorius and South Africa won the silver at the world championships.

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