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Oscar Pistorius makes it to semifinals of Olympic 400m

LONDON (AP) — It began with a smile at the starting line.

Moments later, Oscar Pistorius took off and the click-click-clicking of carbon on the track was all but drowned out by the 80,000 fans on hand to watch him make history Saturday. The first amputee to compete in track at the Olympics, Pistorius cruised past an opponent or two in the backstretch of his 400-meter heat, and by the end, the ‘‘Blade Runner’’ was coasting in for a stress-free success.

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