Aged just 17, Oscar Pistorius hits the headlines at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. The double amputee wins his 200m category in a world record time of 21.97 seconds. The South Africa also takes bronze in his 100m event.
In 2005, Pistorius, who had his legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old after being born without the fibulas in both limbs, competes in the able-bodied athletics championships in South Africa, finishing sixth in the 400m.
Pistorius, whose prosthetic running legs earn him the nickname Blade Runner, wins gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m at the 2006 Paralympic World Championships in Netherlands.
In January 2008, the IAAF rules that Pistorius cannot compete in able-bodied events, including the Olympics, because his prosthetic limbs are judged to give him an unfair advantage. His appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport is successful and the original ruling is overturned.
Despite running a personal best time of 46.25 seconds, Pistorius fails to qualify for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing in either the 400m or 400m relay, but goes on to win the T44 100m, 200m and 400m at the Paralympics.
At London 2012, he becomes the first amputee runner to compete in an Olympic Games. He finishes second in his 400m heat but is eliminated at the semi-final stage.
Pistorius is asked to carry the South African flag at the opening of the Paralympic Games in London, which begin just a few weeks after the completion of the Olympics.
Oscar Pistorius (right) is beaten in the 200m final in London by Alan Oliveira of Brazil. After the race, Pistorius causes controversy by complaining about the length of Oliveira’s blades. He later releases a statement apologising for the timing of his comments.
He goes some way to redeeming himself by winning gold in the T44 400m on the last day of the Paralympics, breaking the Paralympic record in the process.
On 14 February 2013, Pistorius is arrested and questioned by police after his 30-year-old girlfriend, South African model Reeva Steenkamp, is shot and killed at his home in Pretoria.
Pistorius, pictured here with Reeva Steenkamp, arrived at a court in South Africa on Friday morning to face charges of murder.