Oscar makes South Africa proud

South Africa is proud of Oscar Pistorius’ record of qualifying for the semis at the 2012 Olympics.

Oscar Pistorius makes history by competing in the heats of the 400m of the Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium. Picture: Wessel Oosthuizen/SA Sports Picture Agency.

JOHANNESBURG - South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is expected to continue making history at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The 'blade runner' is the first double-amputee ever to compete at the Olympics.

He qualified for the semifinal of the men's 400metre sprint on Saturday by finishing second.

Pistoriusl will compete for a spot in the finals on Sunday.

Proudly South Africa CEO Leslie Sedibe said this is an outstanding achievement.

"The spirit of Pistorius is an embodiment of resilience and of overcoming. He continues to make South Africa."

The 'blade runner' races wearing carbon fibre prosthetic blades after being born without a fibula in both legs.

The 25-year-old, who is also in South Africa's 4x400 relay team, raced to huge cheers and looked comfortable throughout as he qualified for the semi-finals with a time of 45.44 seconds, beating a previous season's best of 45.52.