Oscar Pistorius

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Oscar Pistorius
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Pistorius at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea
Personal information
Nickname(s) Blade Runner; the fastest man on no legs; "Oz" Pistorius[1]
Height 1.84 m (6 ft +12 in) in prosthetics[2]
Weight 80.6 kg (178 lb) (2007)[3]
Website www.oscarpistorius.com
Sport
Country  South Africa
Sport Running
Event(s) Sprints (100, 200, 400 m)
Achievements and titles
Worlds 2005 Paralympic World Cup: 100 m (T44) – Gold; 200 m (T44) – Gold
National finals 2007 South African Senior Athletics Championships: 400 m (T44) – Gold
Paralympics

2004 Summer Paralympics: 100 m (T44) – Bronze; 200 m (T44) – Gold
2008 Summer Paralympics: 100 m (T44) – Gold, 200 m (T44) – Gold; 400 m (T44) – Gold

2012 Summer Paralympics: 200 m (T44) – Silver; 4 × 100 m relay – Gold; Men's 400 m (T44) – Gold
Highest world ranking

100 m: 1st (2008)[4]
200 m: 1st (2008)[5]

400 m: 1st (2008)[6]
Personal best(s)

100 m (T44): 10.91 s (2007, WR)
200 m (T44): 21.30 s (2012, WR)[7]

400 m: 45.07 s[8]

Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius (born 22 November 1986) is a South African sprint runner.[9] Pistorius was born in Sandton, Johannesburg. Both of his legs are amputated below the knee, and he runs with prostheses.[10] Pistorius competes in races for athletes with disabilities. He first ran in international competitions for able-bodied athletes in 2007.

In 2011, he competed in the World Championships, and as part of South Africa's silver-medal-winning relay team, he became the first amputee to win an able-bodied world track medal. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Pistorius became the first double-leg amputee to compete in the Olympics. He also competed in the 2012 Summer Paralympics. He won gold medals in the men's 400 metre race in a Paralympic record time of 46.68 seconds and in the 4 × 100 metres relay in a world record time of 41.78 seconds. He also won a silver in the 200 metres race.

On 14 February 2013, he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead. He has been charged with murder, but is not in prison because he paid R1 mill. to be released on bail. His murder trial began on 3 March 2014 in Pretoria.[11]

In 2014, Pistorius was diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder.[12]

References[change | change source]

  1. Mr. Oscar "Oz" PISTORIUS, Who's Who of Southern Africa, 24.com, archived from the original on 27 April 2009, http://web.archive.org/web/20090427150438/http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/profilefull.aspx?IndID=5404, retrieved 18 May 2007
  2. John Leicester (5 September 2012), "Column: History-maker Pistorius a hypocrite, too?", The Huffington Post, archived from the original on 6 September 2012, http://www.webcitation.org/6ATEa50uf
  3. Josh McHugh (March 2007), "Blade Runner", Wired (15.03), http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/15.03/blade.html
  4. World wide ranking: T44 male 100 2008, International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation, http://athletics.iwasf.com, retrieved 19 July 2008
  5. World wide ranking: T44 male 200 2008, International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation, http://athletics.iwasf.com, retrieved 19 July 2008
  6. World wide ranking: T44 male 400 2008, International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation, http://athletics.iwasf.com, retrieved 19 July 2008
  7. Andy Bull (1 September 2012), "Oscar Pistorius and Arnu Fourie seek room at the top at Paralympics", The Guardian (London), http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/sep/01/oscar-pistorius-paralympics
  8. Jon Mulkeen (19 July 2011), Pistorius gets world and Olympic qualifier in Lignano: Double-amputee sprinter clocks 45.07 to guarantee his major champs selection, Athletics Weekly, archived from the original on 7 August 2012, http://www.webcitation.org/69kFzFy7W
  9. Telegraph profile
  10. PISTORIUS Oscar, International Paralympic Committee, archived from the original on 10 August 2012, http://www.webcitation.org/69odHjBnt, retrieved 9 August 2012
  11. Pistorius shoots girlfriend
  12. Oscar Pistorius has anxiety disorder