Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius, excellently known as Oscar Pistorius is a South African former professional sprinter and convicted murderer. He endured the amputation of both legs as an infant but still became highly active in sports. He took up running at age 16, and within a few months, he had captured gold at the 2004 Athens Paralympics. He was also the first amputee athlete to compete in the Olympics. Oscar attempted to enter non-disabled international competitions, over persistent objections by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) after becoming a Paralympic champion. He was the first amputee to win a non-disabled world track medal at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and was also the first double-leg amputee participant to compete in the 4 times 400 meters relay at the 2012 Olympics. He runs with J-shaped carbon-fiber prostheses called the “Flex-Foot Cheetah” developed by biomedical engineer Van Phillips and manufactured by Ossur. Additionally, he was convicted of negligent killing in the death of his girlfriend in 2014, and the conviction was changed to murder in 2016.
Oscar Pistorius Famous For
- Being a South African former professional sprinter.
- For being the blade runner.
When was Oscar Pistorius born?
Oscar Pistorius opened his eyes for the very first time on 22nd November 1986 in Sandton, Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa. His real name is Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius and is of Afrikaner ethnicity with Afrikaans as a mother tongue and is also fluent in English. His nationality is Southe African and he is from the Christianity religion. Sagittarius is his star sign and white is his race. He has celebrated his 35th birthday as of 2021. He is the son of his father, Henke Pistorius, and his mother, Sheila Pistorius. He has also a sister named Sheila Pistorius and a brother, Carl Pistorius.
Talking about Oscar’s education, he attended Constantia Kloof Primary Schooland Pretoria Boys High School and began studying for a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) in business management with sports science at the University of Pretoria in 2006.
Oscar Pistorius Career Timeline
- Oscar Pistorius began his sporting career in a disability sport, T44 where he was classified in T43 as well as took part in the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens and came third overall in the T44 100-meter event and went on to win the final in a world record time of 21.97 seconds.
- Then, he finished sixth in the non-disabled South African Championships over 400 meters with a world-record time of 47.34 seconds in 2005 and won gold in the 100 meters and 200 meters, beating his previous 200-meter world record in the following year.
- Again, he won gold in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter events, breaking the world record over 200 meters at the 2006 IPC Athletics World Championships.
- He set a disability sports world record for the 400 meters (46.56 seconds) at the South African Senior Athletics Championships in Durban on 17th March 2007 and at the Nedbank Championships for the Physically Disabled held in Johannesburg in April 2007.
- As well, he was invited by the IAAF to take part in what would have been his first international non-disabled event, the 400-meter race at the IAAF Grand Prix in Helsinki, Finland, in July 2005 but was unable to attend, however, because of school commitments.
- Similarly, he ran in the 400-meter race at Rome’s Golden Gala and finished second in run B with a time of 46.90 seconds which was a warm-up for his appearance at the 400 meters at the Norwich Union British Grand Prix at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield on 15th July 2007.
- In particular, he had set his sights on competing at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China, but was not selected by the South African Olympic Committee.
- Furthermore, he was also invited to take part in a series of scientific tests at the German Sports University Cologne in November 2007.
- As well, he appealed against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and starred before the tribunal at the end of April 2008.
- He also competed in the 400 meters in the B race of the Notturna International in Milan but was “disappointed” on 2nd July 2008 whereas his performance on 11th July 2008 at the Rome Golden Gala was an improvement of more than a second.
- But, he failed to qualify for the 400 meters at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games by 0.70 seconds with a personal best time of 46.25 seconds, at the Spitzen Leichtathletik meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, on 16th July 2008, but Athletics South Africa announced on 16th July 2008 that he would also not be selected for the 4 times 400 meters relay team as four other runners had better times.
- He participated in the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing in the 100, 200, and 400 meters (T44) and set a Paralympic record with his time of 11.16 seconds in the heats of the 100 meters on 9th September.
- Later, following a slow start, he rallied to snatch gold from the United States’ Jerome Singleton in the 100 meters in a time of 11.17 seconds, 0.03 seconds ahead of the silver medallist as well as won his second gold in the event in a time of 21.67 seconds defending Paralympic champion in the 200-meter sprint on 13th September.
- He has won three IPC Athletics World titles in New Zealand but was beaten for the first time in seven years in the 100 meters by Jerome Singleton in January 2011 and also won the T44 400 meters in 47.28 seconds and the 100 meters in 11.04 seconds at the BT Paralympic World Cup in May. Likewise, he competed in a number of non-disabled races in the summer of 2011.
- In addition, he won the 400-meters event with a posted time that ranked him as 15th fastest in the world, and was announced on 8th August 2011 that he had been included in the South African team for the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, and had been selected for the 400-meter and the 4 times 400-meter relay squad.
- He ran the opening leg as South Africa advanced to the finals with a national record time of 2 minutes 59.21 seconds in the heats of the 4 times 400 meters relay but was not selected to run in the finals since he had the slowest split time of 46.20 seconds.
- Later, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) announced on 4th July 2012 that he had been included in the Olympic team for the 400-meter and the 4 times 400 meters relay races.
- He also became the debut amputee runner to compete at an Olympic Games on 4th August 2012 at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games whereas he took second place in the first heat of five runners, finishing with a time of 45.44 seconds to advance to the semi-finals on 5th August in the 400-meter race.
- Pistorius was chosen to carry the South African flag for the closing ceremony as well as carried the flag at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Paralympics on 29th August and entered the T44 classification men’s 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters races, and the T42-T46 4 times 100 meters relay.
- On 1st September, he established a new T43 world record of 21.30 seconds in his heat in the 200-meter competition where he was defeated in the final the next day by Alan Oliveira of Brazil.
- Analogously, he won a team gold medal on 5th September, running the anchor leg as part of the South African 4 times 100 meters relay team setting a team world record time of 41.78 seconds.
- As well, his Beijing Olympics 100-metre title was defended with a season’s best time of 11.17 seconds but was succeeded by Great Britain’s Jonnie Peacock and on 8th September, the last full day of competition, he won gold in the T44 400 meters with a time of 46.68 seconds, breaking the Paralympic record.
- Apart from that, his autobiography, “Dream Runner”, was published in Italian in 2008 as well as he collaborated on the release of a music CD called “Olympic Dream” in 2008.
- He was also seen on “L’isola dei famosi”, an Italian version of “Celebrity Survivor” in 2010, and appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on 9th October 2012.
Awards and Achievements
- Oscar Pistorius was awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award on 9th December 2007.
- He was awarded the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability for 2012 and was honored with the unveiling of a large mural depicting his achievements in the town of Gemona, Italy on 22nd August 2012.
- He was also shortlisted by the IPC for the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award as a competitor on 9th September 2012.
- Oscar was nominated by an unnamed external organization from South Korea according to director Craig Spence.
Is Oscar Pistorius married?
Oscar Pistorius is an unmarried guy. But regarding his relationship status, he is not dating anyone as he is sentenced to jail for 13 years and five months for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. So we can surely assume that he is currently living a single life. Furthermore, talking about his sexual orientation, he is straight.
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How much is Oscar Pistorius worth?
Oscar Pistorius has a net worth of $1 million as of 2022 whereas his exact amount of salary has not been disclosed yet. In 2012 he had sponsorship deals worth US$2 million a year with Ossur, BT, Nike, Oakley, and Thierry Mugler. He also participated as a model in advertising campaigns. In addition, his major source of income was his sprinter career and he was sincere in his work.
Oscar Pistorius’ legs and tattoo
Oscar Pistorius stands at a perfect height of 5 ft 1 in (in stumps) whereas his body weight is around 80.6 kg (178 lb). He is also a handsome guy with dark brown hair and eyes too. Regarding his body build type, it is athletic. Oscar has also two visible tattoos: the dates of his mother’s birth and death on the inside of his right arm; the other tattoo, which is on his back, is the Bible verse.