Oscar Pistorius, the global face of Paralympic sport, was recovering at home after being discharged from hospital following a boating accident on the Vaal River last weekend. The 22-year-old had undergone surgery in Milpark Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash but is expected to make a full recovery.
According to his manager, Peet Van Zyl, all he could do was sleep. Pistorius was driving the boat when it crashed on Saturday night and, through his manager, has maintained that he had hit a strange object – said to be a log – in the water.
Pistorius was born without his fibulas and had to have both legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old. He split the athletics community when he asked to be allowed to compete in the able-bodied Summer Olympics in Beijing, after a couple of events on the fully-sledged IAAF circuit last season. He was denied his opportunity, and instead left to compete in the Paralympics in Beijing.
His victory in the 100m sprint (class T44) was one of the most menorable images of the Games. He also won gold in the 200 and 400m, and he holds the world record in all three events.