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Oscar Pistorius's Olympic deadline extended

South African double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius had his qualification deadline for the Beijing Olympics extended on Thursday.

South African double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius had his qualification deadline for the Beijing Olympics extended on Thursday.

Pistorius's manager, Peet van Zyl, announced that the South African athletics federation switched  its deadline from July 11 to July 17, allowing the runner time to compete in four European events.

Pistorius must meet the 400-metre qualifying standard by running in a time of 45.55 seconds.

In a unanimous ruling, the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced in May that Pistorius would have a chance to represent South Africa in Beijing.

The CAS overturned a Jan. 14 ruling by the International Association of Athletics Federations barring the 21-year-old from competing against able-bodied runners and said it goes into effect immediately.

"I am ecstatic," Pistorius told reporters following the ruling. "When I found out, I was crying. It is a battle that has been going on for far too long. It's a great day for sport. I think this day is going to go down in history for the equality of disabled people.

"We have the opportunity once again to chase my dream of participating in an Olympics, if not in 2008 then in 2012 [in London]."

With files from the Associated Press