Oscar Pistorius leaves prison: Get to know the Paralympic star who killed his girlfriend | world News
Oscar Pistorius, the former Paralympic athlete from South Africa, is set to be released on parole on Friday, nearly 11 years after the Valentine’s Day murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Confirming that he mistakenly believed Steenkamp was an intruder, he filed several appeals against his conviction on these grounds.
After spending nearly eight-and-a-half years in prison and seven months under house arrest before being sentenced for murder, Pistorius was granted parole by the board in November, having served more than half of his sentence. He will be supervised by a probation officer until the end of his sentence in December 2029, requiring him to report for job opportunities or a change of address.
As part of the conditions of his parole, Pistorius must continue anger management therapy and attend sessions on gender-based violence, as outlined by a lawyer representing the Steenkamp family.
Who is Oscar Pistorius?
Oscar Pistorius, known as the ‘Blade Runner’, rose to fame as a multiple Paralympic gold medalist, equipped with carbon fiber prosthetic legs. His pioneering moment came at the 2012 London Olympics when he made history as the first amputee to participate in the Olympic Games, representing South Africa.
Born without shrapnel and undergoing amputations below the knees before he was one, Pistorius, 37, has emerged as a symbol of man’s triumph over adversity.
Hailing from Johannesburg, he first gained international recognition in the early 2000s by claiming a Paralympic gold medal in the 200m at the Athens Games.
In seeking to compete against able-bodied athletes at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Pistorius faced resistance from World Athletics (then known as the International Association of Athletics Federations). Although the ban was eventually overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Pistorius failed to qualify for the 400 meters in Beijing by 0.70 seconds.
Undeterred by this setback, he dominated the Paralympics that year, winning gold in the 100, 200 and 400 metres. He then embarked on a successful journey to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, where he qualified to the semi-finals in the 400 meters and contributed to the South African 4×400 meters relay team.
Amid his accomplishments, tragedy struck on February 14, 2013, when he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp, changing the course of his life and casting a pall over his once celebrated athletic career.
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