Oscar Pistorius, 'blade runner' double-amputee handed dream Olympic ticket

(CNN) -- Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius will compete at the Olympic Games after he was named in the South Africa squad for London 2012.

The four-time Paralympic Games gold medalist ran in the 400m at the World Championships in Daegu last year, and has been included in South Africa's 4 x 400m relay team.

Running on carbon fiber blades, Pistorius missed out on qualification for the individual event, but was delighted to become the first double-amputee Olympian.

"Today is really one of the happiest days of my life! Will be in @London2012 for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games!" the 25-year-old tweeted via his official account on the micro-blogging site.

"Thank you to everyone that has made me the athlete I am! God, family and friends, my competitors and supporters! You have all had a hand!"

Pistorius, whose legs were amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old due to a bone defect, won a silver medal as part of the South Africa relay team in South Korea last year.

The Johannesburg-born athlete is joined in the South Africa track and field team by Caster Semanya.

The 800m world champion was the subject of a gender test by the International Association of Athletics Federations following her victory in Berlin at the World Championships three years ago, but has since been cleared to compete.

In other selection news, Team Great Britain have announced cyclist David Millar will be part of its road race team.

The Scot was handed a two-year doping ban in 2004, which prevented him competing for Britain in previous Games.

But earlier this year, the British Olympic Association was forced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to overturn its policy of not selecting athletes who have been found guilty of doping.

CAS's verdict opened the door for 100m sprinter Dwain Chambers to compete at his home Games.
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