Latest Oscar Pistorius Stories

2014-04-09 12:27:00

-- Investigation Discovery Presents the World Premiere of PISTORIUS ON TRIAL: NOWHERE TO RUN on Sunday, April 13 at 9/8c -- SILVER SPRING, Md., April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In an exclusive documentary special to air on Investigation Discovery (ID), the parents of Reeva Steenkamp, the South-African model killed by Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, speak out in an in-depth interview about the loss of their daughter and being inside the courtroom in Pretoria, South Africa. Produced...

2012-07-02 21:35:44

In this month's Physics World, Steve Haake, director of the Centre for Sports Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK, reveals that the men's 100 m sprint will be one event not to miss this summer. Haake has developed something called the "performance-improvement index", which uses very simple physics to compare the relative improvement of top athletes in different sports over the last 100 years. The model shows that the performance-improvement index in the men's 100 m...

2012-05-09 09:32:41

People walking normally, women tottering in high heels and ostriches strutting all exert the same forces on the ground despite very differently-shaped feet, according to research funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. The finding suggests that prosthetic lower limbs and robots' legs could be made more efficient by making them less human-like and more like the prosthetics used by 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius. Walking involves a...

2011-07-27 03:27:00

PARIS, July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Oscar Pistorius, who had both of his legs amputated when he was eleven months old and who now runs with the help of two metal prosthetics, qualified last Tuesday (July 19, 2011) for the World Championships in Korea this August, by running the 400 meter race in Lignano (Italy) in 45.07 seconds (the maximum qualifying time was 45.25 seconds). (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20110727/471779-a ) (Photo:...

2009-11-18 13:15:35

Conclusion of lead scientists of Pistorius' appeal study The artificial lower limbs of double-amputee Olympic hopeful Oscar Pistorius give him a clear and major advantage over his competition, taking 10 seconds or more off what his 400-meter race time would be if his prosthesis behaved like intact limbs. That's the conclusion "” released to the public for the first time "” of human performance experts Peter Weyand of Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Matthew Bundle of...

2009-11-04 14:11:47

A study by six researchers, including a University of Colorado at Boulder associate professor and his former doctoral student, shows that amputees who use running-specific prosthetic legs have no performance advantage over counterparts who use their biological legs. A debate on the matter was spurred when Oscar Pistorius, a bilateral amputee, was barred from the 400-meter dash at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and other able-body races. The International Association of Athletics...

2009-09-14 07:05:12

South African paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius was to appear in a Pretoria court Monday on charges of injuring a party guest at his home. Prosecutors say Pistorius, a double amputee known as the Blade Runner because of the prosthetic legs he uses while sprinting, this weekend slammed the door of his home on the leg of a woman whom he had earlier kicked out of a party, the BBC reported. Police reported Pistorius had ordered Miranda Stoltz, 19, out of his house Saturday night when she began...

2009-06-29 12:55:00

 A team of experts in biomechanics and physiology that conducted experiments on Oscar Pistorius, the South African bilateral amputee track athlete, have just published their findings in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Some of their previously confidential findings were presented to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland in May of 2008. Other findings are now being released for the first time.A portion of the team's findings had been presented at the CAS to...

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