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Paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius is getting close to the last chance saloon in terms of qualifying for the able-bodied IAAF World Championships in Berlin next month. Tonight, in Lucerne, he will return to the scene of his fastest-ever 400m for another attempt.

The 22-year-old double-amputee sprinter needs to run a time of 45.95 seconds to qualify for, but he has not run within a second of that mark this season. Pistorius can take encouragement that he ran 46.25 in Lucerne a year ago in a failed final attempt to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.

ÔÇ£We’re delighted to have him back,ÔÇØ Lucerne meet promoter Terry McHugh said on Tuesday. ÔÇ£We got to know him quite well last year and then he ran his personal best on our track.ÔÇØ

Pistorius has been placed in a ÔÇ£BÔÇØ heat lineup.

ÔÇ£It’s a race that he actually could win if he was at his best, and it’s not a race that he would be out of touch with even in current form,ÔÇØ McHugh said.

Pistorius has struggled to approach the world qualifying standard after being injured in a boating accident near Johannesburg in February. ÔÇ£He lost about nine weeks of training and obviously you can’t expect to work miracles,ÔÇØ his manager, Peet van Zyl, told the Associated Press on Tuesday. ÔÇ£He’s got this race and one more race in Velletri in Italy on Saturday. We don’t expect him to qualify so he just needs to go out and enjoy it, that’s basically what it’s about now.ÔÇØ

After failing to reach the Olympics in Beijing, Pistorius won three gold medals in the 100, 200 and 400 at the Paralympics last September.