Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius (born 22 November 1986) is a South African Paralympic runner. Known as the "Blade Runner" and "the fastest man on no legs", Pistorius is the double amputee world record holder in the 100, 200 and 400 metres (sport class T44) events and runs with the aid of Cheetah Flex-Foot carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs by Ossur. In 2007 Pistorius took part in his first international able-bodied competitions. However, his artificial lower legs, while enabling him to compete, generated claims that he has an unfair advantage over able-bodied runners. The same year, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) amended its competition rules to ban the use of "any technical device that incorporates springs, wheels or any other element that provides a user with an advantage over another athlete not using such a device". It claimed that the amendment was not specifically aimed at Pistorius. After monitoring his track performances and carrying out tests, scientists took the view that Pistorius enjoyed considerable advantages over athletes without prosthetic limbs. On the strength of these findings, on 14 January 2008 the IAAF ruled him ineligible
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  • Pistorius trial: Prosecutor chides defense witness

    The Associated Press 1 day ago
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    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — An expert witness for the defense at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius was supposed to help the athlete's assertion that he killed his girlfriend by mistake last year, but he ended his testimony on ...
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    Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case

    The Associated Press 2 days ago
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    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius' lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete's shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply ...
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    Defense gets its turn in Pistorius murder trial

    The Associated Press 3 days ago
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    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — For five days, Oscar Pistorius endured a withering cross-examination at his murder trial from a prosecutor who pounced on apparent inconsistencies in his testimony. Yet, legal analysts said Tuesday, expert witnesses who will testify for the ...
  • The Associated Press

    Prosecutor's unrelenting questions to Pistorius

    The Associated Press 4 days ago
    Prosecutor's unrelenting questions to Pistorius
    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The chief prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial continued Monday to question nearly every aspect of the Olympian's story surrounding his fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked Pistorius exactly what ...
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    Pistorius accused of staging outbursts at trial

    The Associated Press 4 days ago
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    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius came under intense pressure Monday at his murder trial from the chief prosecutor, who dismissed his account of how he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as a flimsy web of lies and accused the Olympian ...
  • The Associated Press

    Combative prosecutor makes mark in Pistorius trial

    The Associated Press 5 days ago
    Gerrie Nel
    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Prosecutor Gerrie Nel fired another tough question at murder suspect Oscar Pistorius. "Are you sure, Mr Pistorius, that Reeva did not scream after you fired the first shot?" asked Nel. The athlete, who earlier said he ...

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