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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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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