Oscar Pistorius may have to settle for merely making history at the London Olympics after failing to qualify for the men's 400 meter final.

Pistorius had established himself as one of the memorable athletes in London before he had even finished his first race. With that matter settled, the double-amputee track star dubbed the "Blade Runner" for his prostheses turned his attention to winning a medal in the men's 400 meters.

After finishing last in the second heat of the 400 meters semifinal, Pistorius will not run in the final. He can still win a medal as a member of South Africa's 4x400-meter relay. At the 2011 World Championships, Pistorius helped South Africa's 4x400 relay team qualify for the final but was not selected to participate in the final, where the team finished second to the United States.

One day after finishing second in his round 1 heat with a personal season's best time of 45.44 seconds, Pistorius ran 46.54 in the semifinal to finish eighth in Heat 2.

The two fastest runners from each of the three semifinal heats advances to the final along with the next two fastest losers, per the competition format.

Running in Heat 1, Gordon Lalonde of the Trinidad and Tobago ran the fastest semifinal time, completing his loop of the track at Olympic Stadium in 44.58 seconds. James Kirani of Grenada finished first in Pistorius' heat, with a time of 44.59 seconds. The slowest time of the eight finalists was the 44.99 posted by Jonathan Borlee of Belgium, meaning that not even Pistorius' season's best would have been fast enough to advance. Pistorius' career-best time over 400 meters is 45.07.

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Despite historical dominance of the event, the United States has no representative in the final. 2008 gold medalist LaShawn Merritt failed to advance to the semifinal after pulling up with a hamstring injury during qualification.

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  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius walks with teammate Lj van Zyl after the men's 4x400-meter relay final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius runs during the men's 4x400-meter during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius takes the baton from teammate L J van Zyl during the men's 4x400-meter during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, left, and his fellow team members react following the men's 4x400-meter relay final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Venezuela's Omart Longart, left, and South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, center, wait for the batons during the men's 4x400-meter relay final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • From left, Britain's Martyn Rooney, Belgium's Michael Bultheel, Russia's Pavel Trenikhin, Venezuela's Omart Longart and South Africa's Oscar Pistorius wait for the batons during the men's 4x400-meter relay final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, right, and Omar Longart of Venezuela wait for the baton in the men's 4x400-meter relay final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, right, waits for the baton in the men's 4x400-meter relay final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius competes in the men's 4x400-meter relay final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius reacts after fellow team members crashed out of a men's 4x400-meter relay heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius reacts after fellow team members crashed out of a men's 4x400-meter relay heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius reacts after fellow team members crashed out of a men's 4x400-meter relay heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius prepares to run in his men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts in the men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius runs in one of the men's 400-meter semifinal races during the athletics competition in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius competes in the 400-meter semifinals heat during the athletics competition in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts in a men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius run in the men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius reacts after running in the men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius waves after running in the men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius reacts after his run in the men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius embraces Grenada's Kirani James after the men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts in one of the men's 400 meter semifinal races during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius competes in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius reacts after competing in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius prepares to compete in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius prepares to compete in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Dominican Republic's Luguelin Santos, right, and South Africa's Oscar Pistorius compete in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius and fellow athletes walk off the track following a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, left, and Jamaica's Rusheen McDonald compete in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, left, and Jamaica's Rusheen McDonald compete in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, center, runs with Jamaica's Rusheen McDonald, left, Dominican Republic's Luguelin Santos, second left and Russia's Maksim Dyldin, right, in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius prepares to start in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius reacts after finishing first in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius reacts after competing in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius prepares to compete in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • From right, Dominican Republic's Luguelin Santos, South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, Russia's Maksim Dyldin and Jamaica's Rusheen McDonald compete in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)