Oscar Pistorius, The 'Broke and Broken' Olympian

For the last seven-plus months South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius has sat in a windowless courtroom, and like King Canute, watched as his world was washed away.

updated: October 21, 2014 16:34 IST
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Oscar Pistorius in tears after the verdict of his sentence was announced.


Pretoria: At the 2012 London Olympics, before 80,000 roaring fans and a constellation of camera flashes, it took Oscar Pistorius 45.44 seconds to become a global icon.

His sprint around the 400m track was the first time in history that a double-amputee had raced at the Olympic games.

The race capped an Olympian triumph over adversity for Pistorius. His journey from disabled child to world-class athlete seemed to embody the very best of sporting endeavour and the human spirit.

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