Pistorius: An adored star with a high-octane private life

The sprinter slept with a pistol, machine gun, cricket bat and baseball bat for fear of burglars at his upmarket home in a secure Pretoria estate for fear of burglars, he told Britain's Daily Mail last year. In 2009 Pistorius spent a night in jail after allegedly assaulting a 19-year-old woman at a party.

updated: February 14, 2013 23:29 IST
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Johannesburg: South Africa's Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, charged with shooting dead his girlfriend Thursday, was publicly adored but has a rocky private life of rash behaviour, beautiful women, guns and fast cars.

The dashing and charismatic 26-year-old sprinter became the first double amputee ever to compete at an Olympics in London last year.

The global celebrity and champion for disabled sport uses two carbon-fibre running blades, which earned him the epithet "Blade Runner" and "fastest man on no legs".

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