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Olympian ‘Blade Runner’ charged with murder
- Updated: February 14, 2013
JOHANNESBURG — The Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, who made history as the first double-amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympics, has got some questions to answer. After a woman was fatally shot inside his home in Pretoria, South Africa, Pistorius, was charged with murder on Thursday and arrested by South African police.
The police, who confirmed the charges, said they planned to oppose Pistorius’s application for bail at his court hearing on Friday.
According to Col. Katlego Mogale, a police spokeswoman, early on Thursday morning, the police responded to a report of gunshots fired in the housing complex where Pistorius lives. Upon their arrival, paramedics were treating the victim for gunshot wounds, but she was eventually pronounced dead. At that time, Pistorius was taken into custody.
The victim is believed to be, and was identified as Reeva Steenkamp, a model, who Pistorius had been dating for some time.
Pistorius was was the winner of two gold medals, as well as a silver, at last year’s Paralympic Games in London. At the 2012 London Olympics, he competed in the 4×400 meter relay and reached the 400-meter semifinal, earning himself the nickname “Blade Runner” for the carbon fiber prosthetic blades he wears to compete. Pistorius was part of the gold-metal winning 4×100 meter relay team, and also came in 2nd place in the 200 meter race.
In the Paralympics last September, Mr. Pistorius won individual gold, when he successfully defended his Paralympic 400 meter title. He had lost his 100- and 200-meter titles, but was part of the gold medal-winning 4×100 meter relay team. He came second in the 200 meter race.