Pistorius qualifies for World Championships

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Oscar Pistorius has clinched a place at both next month's World Championships in Daegu, South Korea and the London 2012 Olympics after clocking 45.07 seconds for the 400 metres at a meeting in Italy last night.

The South African double amputee, who runs with carbon fibre prosthetic running blades, achieved the 45.25sec 'A' standard qualifying time by winning a race in Lignano. The four-time Paralympic gold medallist finished well clear of the field as he smashed his personal best of 45.61. He will be the first amputee sprinter at the World Championships and the Olympics.