Oscar Pistorius edges closer to Olympic dream

Oscar Pistorius
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Oscar Pistorius runs inside the 400m qualifying time for the World Championships and Olympics.

Oscar Pistorius has edged closer to fulfilling his dream of competing in the Olympics after running inside the 400m qualifying time for this year's World Championships and London 2012.

The double-amputee, who runs on carbon fibre legs, ran 45.07 at a meeting in Italy on Tuesday.

Pistorius, also known as Blade Runner, was 0.18 seconds inside the 'A' standard time and could now be selected by South Africa for the London Olympics.

"It was just a dream race," said Pistorius. "I just have not been able to sleep. I must have 300 messages congratulating me."

The 24-year-old was born without lower leg bones and the decision to amputate both limbs was taken when he was 11 months old.

His winning time on Tuesday would have been good enough to earn him fifth place in the 2008 Olympic final in Beijing.