He says it was a dream come true.
After five years he finally did it: 24-year-old Oscar Pistorius of South Africa achieved a career goal by making his country’s team for the world championships in the 400m.
He did it by smashing his PR in that event on Tuesday night in Lignano, Italy when he ran 45.07. His previous best had been 45.61.
“I feel amazing. The pressure has been released,” Pistorius said. “I was confident, but never in my life did I think I would beat my personal best by such a big margin.”
Pistorius admits his achievement felt “surreal” and “weird”.
He will be the first double-amputee runner to compete in the World Championships that take place next month in Daegu, South Korea.
“I’d like to run a couple more ‘A’ times before the worlds,” Pistorius said. “It’s been 18 months [to] two years of hard work to get here but you have to keep training, keep working. I’m very excited.”
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