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Oscar Pistorius: From global icon to broke, broken Olympian (Today)

Oscar Pistorius: From global icon to broke, broken Olympian (Today)

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.

The South African’s 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.

Then on Valentine’s Day in 2013, his achievements were just as quickly demolished. Read more

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