World Athletics 2011: Oscar Pistorius through to semi-finals
By Tom FordyceChief sports writer in Daegu, South Korea
Athletics World Championships 2011
Venue: Daegu, South Korea
Date: 27 August - 4 September
Coverage: Listen live on BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra and online (UK only), watch daily video highlights on the BBC Sport website (UK only); live text commentary on the finals; watch live on Channel 4
Debate has raged this week on whether Pistorius should be allowed to compete
South African Oscar Pistorius qualified for the semi-finals of the 400m on his historic appearance at the World Championships in Daegu.
The first amputee athlete to race in the competition finished third in his heat in 45.39 seconds.
The four-time Paralympic champion, 24, finished behind winner Chris Brown, with Britain's Martyn Rooney second.
World and Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt of the United States qualified fastest in 44.35.
“With 300m to go I panicked a bit and pushed too hard and that was it”
Merritt is making his first major championship appearance since returning from 21-month doping ban.
Pistorius, who has a personal best of 45.07, said: "I am tired, I need to cool down now, to relax, refocus and chat with my coach.
"I had a good race. I'm just pleased to be part of this sport, of this event.
"Being here has been a goal I have had for many years. I have worked extremely hard to be here.
"It has been phenomenal to run today. There has been a lot of pressure on the race, and there is a lot of work for Monday.
TOM FORDYCE'S BLOG
“While Usain Bolt may appear on more billboards around town, it is the inclusion of multiple Paralympic gold medallist Pistorius on the start-lists that has commanded more column inches”
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