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Factbox: South African athlete 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Here are some facts on South African athlete Oscar Pistorius.

- Born on November 22, 1986, in Johannesburg.

- Born without fibulas, he has both legs amputated below the knees before turning one-year-old.

- After learning to walk on prosthetic legs, Pistorius becomes a sportsman in high school. He turns to sprint training in 2003 after suffering a serious knee injury playing rugby.

- Running on carbon fiber prosthetic blades, earning him the nickname "Blade Runner", Pistorius becomes a Paralympic gold medalist over 200m in Athens in 2004.

- In January 2008, he is banned from running against able-bodied athletes by the sport's governing body, the IAAF, which deems that his blades provide an unfair advantage. Four months later the Court for Arbitration for Sport rules he is eligible to compete in IAAF-sanctioned events. Caps year by winning three golds at the Paralympics in Beijing.

- Selected for South Africa's London Games team and in August 2012 becomes the first double amputee to compete on the track at an Olympic Games, finishing second in his men's 400m heat, but fails to make the final. He also anchors the relay team to eighth place in the London final.

- Carries the flag for South Africa at the opening ceremony of the London Paralympic Games and wins two gold medals.

- Arrested and charged with murder after firing four shots at his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door at his Pretoria home on February 14, 2013.

- Released on bail later in February

- Faces a trial on murder and weapons charges which will run from March 3 to March 23, 2014

(Compiled by Peter Rutherford in Singapore and Jon Herskovitz in Johannesburg; Editing by Pravin Char)

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