‘Blade Runner’ Pistorius finishes last in 400 semifinal

  • Sun Aug 5th, 2012 2:05pm
  • Sports

Associated Press

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 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.