Pistorius runs below qualifying in Czech Republic
Friday, May 25, 2012
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) -- Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius failed to secure a place at the London Games after he clocked a disappointing 47.66 seconds in the 400 meters at the Golden Spike meet on Friday.
Pistorius, known as the "Blade Runner," needs to run 45.30 or faster once more before June 30 to earn a trip to London in line with the South Africa athletics federation Olympic criteria.
The South African said he had "no excuse. To run faster, that's what I have to do."
Pistorius is racing on carbon-fiber blades. He's trying to make history by reaching the Olympics.
He plans to run another able-bodied meet in Hengelo, Netherlands, on Sunday before traveling for two other events in the United States.