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Pistorius keeps Olympic campaign alive
22:58 AEST Thu Aug 9 2012

Double amputee Oscar Pistorius will get another chance to run at the Olympics after South Africa won an appeal to advance to the 4x400-metre relay final despite a crash in the heat.

The double-amputee runner was on the track but didn't get to run in the heat Thursday because South Africa's second-leg runner Ofentse Mogawane tumbled out after a collision with a Kenyan runner.

The Kenyan team was later disqualified for impeding Mogawane. South Africa, the silver medallists at the last world championships, filed an appeal to be restored to the final.

The IAAF says the South Africans will run in Lane 9 after the jury met and "agreed to advance the South African team, even though they did not finish the race, considering that they had been severely damaged in the incident with Kenya."

"IT'S ON!! We in the FINAL. Team management Protested as Ofentse was taken out and we have been given Lane 9!! @ljvanzyl (Louis Jacob van Zyl) to take his place!!!" tweeted Pistorius after he heard the news.

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