Important dates in the life of Oscar Pistorius

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A look at some of the significant dates in Oscar Pistorius‘ headline-grabbing life:

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Nov. 22, 1986: Pistorius is born in Johannesburg with no fibula bones in his lower legs. His legs are amputated below the knee before he is a year old.

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March 6, 2002: Pistorius‘ mother, Sheila, dies after complications from surgery when Pistorius is 15. A defining influence on Pistorius, she instilled in him that he was no different from anyone else.

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Jan. 28, 2004: Having taken up track to rehabilitate from a rugby injury, Pistorius runs his first race on blades and clocks 11.72 seconds over 100 meters. The Paralympic record at the time was 12.20 seconds.

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Sept. 20, 2004: Pistorius breaks the Paralympic 200 meters world record in his first appearance at a major meet at the Athens Paralympics. A day later, he wins gold in another world-record time in the 200 final.

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Jan. 14, 2008: Pistorius is banned from competing against able-bodied athletes because of his blades. In May, the Blade Runner, as he becomes known, overturns the decision when he wins an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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February, 2009: Crashes a speed boat on a dam in South Africa sustaining serious facial and other injuries. Later concedes he needed to make changes in his life after taking “unnecessary risks.”

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September, 2009: Pistorius is arrested after a female guest at a party at his house makes a complaint of assault against him. Pistorius later launches a counter-claim against the woman for falsely accusing him. Charges were not pursued.

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