JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s athletics federation has selected double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius in its team for this month’s world championships.
Pistorius is set to be the first amputee athlete to compete at the able-bodied worlds when he represents South Africa in Daegu, South Korea, as its only runner in the 400 meters. He has also been chosen for the 4×400 relay.
The 24-year-old Pistorius was named in a group of 26 athletes by Athletics South Africa on Monday after he smashed his personal best last month to make the qualifying time.
Women’s 800-meter world champion Caster Semenya is also included and will defend the title she won in 2009 amid a storm of controversy over gender tests.