Athletics South Africa (ASA) convinced Olympic body SASCOC that Pistorius should compete in 400m despite bettering the 45.30-second qualifying time only once instead of twice as demanded.
SASCOC chief executive Tubby Reddy said his body “did not have a problem with that” and a day to remember for the 25-year-old Pistorius was complete. His selections come five days after conceding defeat in a battle to run in the 400m as he finished 0.22 of a second outside the qualifying mark of 45.30 seconds when finishing second at the African championships in Benin.
Pistorius did clock 45.20 at a meet in Pretoria last March, but could not repeat the feat at an international meet, a requirement for selection in the South African team.
But his sadness turned to joy as South Africa finalised the squad for London by choosing a relay team including Pistorius, Willem de Beer, Ofentse Mogawane and Shaun de Jager. “Today is really one of the happiest days of my life. I will be in London for both the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games,” Pistorius tweeted.