Oscar Pistorius

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Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius 2 Daegu 2011.jpg
Personal information
Nickname(s) Blade Runner; the fastest man on no legs; "Oz" Pistorius[1]
Born 22 November 1986 (1986-11-22) (age 29)
Sandton, Johannesburg, Transvaal Province (now Gauteng Province), South Africa
Alma mater University of Pretoria, did not graduate
Height 1.84 m (6 ft +12 in) in prosthetics[2]
Weight 80.6 kg (178 lb) (2007)[3]
Website www.oscarpistorius.com
Country  South Africa
Sport Running
Event(s) Sprints (100, 200, 400 m)
Achievements and titles
World finals 2005 Paralympic World Cup: 100 m (T44) – Gold; 200 m (T44) – Gold
National finals 2007 South African Senior Athletics Championships: 400 m (T44) – Gold
Paralympic finals

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 above the ankle, 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 was charged with murder, but is not in prison because he paid a R1 million to be released on bail. His murder trial began on 3 March 2014 in Pretoria.[11] During the trial, Pistorius was diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder.[12] On 11 September, he was found not guilty of murder. On 12 September 2014, he was convicted of culpable homicide.[13]

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
  13. Oscar Pistorius found guilty of manslaughter