Who is Oscar Pistorius?

Nothing was stopping the 'Blade Runner' back then as 2008 Beijing Paralympics saw him grab the Gold in 100m, 200m and 400m events. He regretted missing the qualifying time for the Beijing Olympics but never let his performance get affected by that disappointment.

updated: February 21, 2013 12:26 IST
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Popularly known as the 'Blade Runner', Oscar Pistorius was the cynosure of all eyes when he became the first amputee to compete at the Olympic Games in London 2012. Less than a year later, life has taken a turn for the worse for the athlete. When the world would have been gearing up to celebrate the Valentine's Day, the Paralympic superstar was being taken in to police custody charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Having had both his legs amputated below the knee before he could even celebrate his first birthday, he fought hard against authorities for years to be allowed to compete against able-bodied athletes. Having initially been banned because of his carbon fiber blades by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) — which critics said gave him an unfair advantage — he was cleared by Court of Arbitration of Sports (CAS) in 2008 and allowed to run at all the major events.

This opened up an altogether new world for the "fastest man on no legs". Born on November 22, 1986 to Henke and Sheila Pistorius in Sandton, Johannesburg, Oscar has an elder brother Carl and a younger sister Aimee.

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