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"Blade Runner" charged with murder in South Africa

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Johannesburg, Feb 14 (EFE).- South African Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday in his homeland with murdering his girlfriend, who was found dead of four gunshot wounds at the athlete's home in Pretoria, police said.

In comments to reporters outside Pistorius' home, police spokespersons also denied rumors that the sprinter - famed for competing in the Olympic Games despite two leg amputations - had confused his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, with an intruder.

There were "previous incidents" of domestic violence at the athlete's home and police officials will oppose bail for Pistorius, who was to be arraigned on Thursday, brigadier Denise Beukes told the Sapa news agency.

Pistorius made history last July in London when he became the first double-amputee track athlete to compete in the Olympic Games. He went on to qualify for the semifinals in the men's 400 meters.

Nicknamed "Blade Runner" (a reference to the Ridley Scott film and to the fact he runs with high-tech, carbon-fiber prosthetics on both legs), Pistorius has won six Paralympic gold medals.

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