The double-amputee was on the track but didn't get to run in the heat Thursday because a teammate tumbled out after colliding with a Kenyan runner. South Africa, silver medalists at the last world championships, filed an appeal to be restored to the final.
Pistorius will get another chance after a jury of appeal said South Africa "had been severely damaged" in the collision between Ofentse Mogawane and the Kenyan, Vincent Kilu, who cut across him too soon in the second section of the Thursday morning heat.
The jury of appeal decided to give an additional lane 9 to South Africa in Friday's final "even though they did not finish the race."
"It's not the place you want something like this to happen," Pistorius said.
South Africa launched an appeal, but Pistorius, at first, said he had little hope of his team continuing on to the final.
"Even a protest isn't any consolation," said the man who has overcome many obstacles. "It's frustrating. It's so hard. You have so much support from back home."
Then came the surprise ruling that Kilu had cut across Mogawane, causing the collision. It is very rare for a team to get reinstated if it doesn't finish a race.
Pistorius now has a second chance to leave London with more than the legacy of being the first double-amputee to compete in an Olympics.
According to the IAAF, the Kenyan team looked at video replays and agreed that its runner was at fault.
Something tells me the world thinks the jury's decision was the right thing to do.