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Brazilian football legend Pele greets Nelson Mandela the day before his 89th birthday. The “90 Minutes for Mandela” match, which Pele attended, was played the following day. (Chris Ricco/AFP/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Nelson Mandela and Sports

Brazilian football legend Pele greets Nelson Mandela the day before his 89th birthday. The “90 Minutes for Mandela” match, which Pele attended, was played the following day. (Chris Ricco/AFP/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Nelson Mandela and Sports

SI needs your help picking the Most Inspirational Athlete of the Year. The winner, as chosen by fans, will be featured in the December 17 issue of Sports Illustrated. Will it be Oscar Pistorius, the first double-amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics? Or Jeremy Lin, who went from last player on the bench to worldwide sensation? Cast your vote today. (Simon Bruty/SI)

CAST YOUR VOTE: Choose the Most Inspirational Athlete of the Year

SI needs your help picking the Most Inspirational Athlete of the Year. The winner, as chosen by fans, will be featured in the December 17 issue of Sports Illustrated. Will it be Oscar Pistorius, the first double-amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics? Or Jeremy Lin, who went from last player on the bench to worldwide sensation? Cast your vote today. (Simon Bruty/SI)
CAST YOUR VOTE: Choose the Most Inspirational Athlete of the Year

South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, the first amputee to compete in an Olympic track event, advanced to Sunday’s semifinals in the 400 meters by finishing second in his qualifying heat. (Simon Bruty/SI)

GALLERY: London 2012 Olympics Games Day 8 | Day 7 | Day 6 | Day 5
EPSTEIN: Experts split over whether Oscar Pistorius has unfair advantage

South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, the first amputee to compete in an Olympic track event, advanced to Sunday’s semifinals in the 400 meters by finishing second in his qualifying heat. (Simon Bruty/SI)
GALLERY: London 2012 Olympics Games Day 8 | Day 7 | Day 6 | Day 5EPSTEIN: Experts split over whether Oscar Pistorius has unfair advantage

Poland and South Africa compete in men’s beach volleyball at the Horse Guards Parade on Wednesday. The Polish team of Mariusz Prudel and Grzegorz Fijalek, who beat Americans Jacob Gibb and Sean Rosenthal on Monday, breezed to a 2-0 victory over South Africans Freedom Chiya and Grant Goldschmidt. (Laura Heald/SI)

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GALLERY: London 2012 Olympic Games: Day 4 | Day 3 | Day 2 | Day 1

Poland and South Africa compete in men’s beach volleyball at the Horse Guards Parade on Wednesday. The Polish team of Mariusz Prudel and Grzegorz Fijalek, who beat Americans Jacob Gibb and Sean Rosenthal on Monday, breezed to a 2-0 victory over South Africans Freedom Chiya and Grant Goldschmidt. (Laura Heald/SI)
SI STAFF: Follow SI on Instagram for the latest pics from London GALLERY: London 2012 Olympic Games: Day 4 | Day 3 | Day 2 | Day 1