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04 Jul 2012 14:38
Oscar Pistorius has been included in South Africa's 125-member Olympic team. (Gallo)
Pistorius, who failed narrowly in his attempt to qualify in the individual 400m sprint for the London Games, was included in the 125-member South Africa team as part of the 4x400m relay squad.
"Today is really one of the happiest days of my life," Pistorius posted on Twitter.
"Will be in London for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games!"
An additional 13 names were added to the provisional 112-member South Africa team announced by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) in the first week of June.
Sascoc said it believed the Olympic governing body had chosen the strongest possible team to compete in the English capital, after setting strict criteria for selection following the poor showing at the 2008 Beijing Games.
"As I have said many times before, we are not taking passengers to London," Sascoc president Gideon Sam said.
"Everyone has met selection criteria and are genuine Olympic Games material, either now or for 2016. I wish them all the best."
Willem de Beer, Ofentse Mogawane and Shaun de Jager were included in the 4x400m relay team, joining 400m hurdles specialist LJ van Zyl, who had already been selected.
South Africa's only medallist in Beijing, long jumper Khotso Mokoena, was also added to the team after reaching the qualifying standard twice in his discipline.
Rising stars Anaso Jobodwana (200m), Andre Olivier (800m), Lehann Fourie (110m hurdles) and Willem Coertzen (decathlon), who was a surprise omission from the provisional team, round out the country's track and field representatives at the Games.
Open water swimmers Troyden Prinsloo and Jessica Roux, who were the first South Africans to finish at a qualifying event in Portugal last month, were added to the swimming team, along with Darren Murray (200m backstroke) and Trudi Maree (50m freestyle) who will turn out in the pool.
"Finally, we have a complete squad," Sam said.
"It's taken four long years of work but now we can concentrate on doing our best at the Games.
"The preparation has been done and now it's up to our athletes to take over in London and show us what they're made of." – Sapa
South Africa's Olympic teams
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