Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner's life on the edge

Facing the prospect of 25 years in jail, Oscar Pistorius' life - one that inspired many amputees to live with confidence - has spiraled down dramatically after being charged with murdering his girlfriend.

updated: March 03, 2014 18:28 IST
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Pretoria: With his past triumphs now tarnished because he 'shot to death his girlfriend', Oscar Pistorius entered court on Monday (March 3) and pleaded not guilty to four charges against him: murder, two charges relating to discharge of firearm in a public place and one charge of illegal possession of ammunition. Despite his 'defiance', he faces the jarring possibility of prison for at least 25 years.

For the champion runner without legs, who trained himself to overcome all obstacles, nothing else matters now but beating the murder charge against him. Pistorius' family said on Saturday that their focus is only on the trial. If found guilty, Pistorius' entire life story will be recast.

It was clear when he walked into the North Gauteng High Court for the start of his trial, seemingly little remained of the Blade Runner, the double amputee who ran alongside the world's best and inspired many by overcoming the loss of his legs before he was a year old.

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