Oscar Pistorius Timeline

Oscar Pistorius Timeline




21 June

Shatters his knee playing rugby for Pretoria Boys High School and is ruled out of sport for three months.


Begins injury rehabilitation at the Sports Science Institute at the University of Pretoria under the guidance of athletics coach Ampie Louw.



01 January

Takes part in his first sprint session with Louw on New Year’s Day.

28 January

Runs in his first competitive 100m race for Pretoria Boys High School in a time of 11.72s. The existing Paralympic world record was 12.20s.


Improves his time further to 11.51s at an open competition at the Pilditch Stadium, Pretoria.


Invited by family friend Chris Hatting to the US to trial Össur manufactured Flex-Foot Cheetahs for the first time.


Wins Paralympic gold in the T44 200m in a Paralympic world record in 21.97s and wins bronze in the T44 100m final in a time of 11.16s.




Finishes sixth in the able-bodied 400m at the South African Championships.


Wins gold in T44 100m and 200m events at the BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.


Invited to attend IAAF international event in Helsinki, but declines due to school commitments. The following year is devoted to athletics training and his education.




Runs a breakthrough 400m time of 46.56s in the South African Championships.

26 March

IAAF Council introduces amendment to Rule 144-2(e) regarding “technical aids” after meeting in Mobasa, Kenya.

04 April

Breaks the T43 100m world record in a time 10.91s at the Nedbank Championships for the Physically Disabled, in Gauteng, South Africa.

13 July

Finishes second in the Golden Gala event at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, in a time of 46.90s. IAAF installs high definition cameras around the track to analyse Pistorius’ running style.

15 July

Competes at the British Grand Prix in Sheffield, but bad weather hampers his race and he finishes in a time of 47.65s.

12-13 November

IAAF conducts tests with Oscar at the Cologne Sports University under the guidance of Professor of Biomechanics Dr Peter Brüggemann in conjunction with Mr Elio Locatelli, who is responsible with the IAAF of all technical issues.

09 December

Receives the Helen Rollason Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2007, which is awarded for outstanding courage and achievement in the face of adversity.

20 December

IAAF sends Pistorius report saying that he has an unfair advantage. Pistorius given until January 10 to respond.



10 January

Pistorius responds to IAAF report claiming that the tests were unfair and biased.

11 January

IAAF Executive Council vote to ratify the decision and Pistorius is banned from all able-bodied athletics competitions.

13 February

Law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf challenge the IAAF via an appeal on behalf of Oscar Pistorius.


Oscar takes part in scientific tests at Rice University in Houston, USA. Research team includes Hugh Herr, Ph.D. and Rodger Kram, Ph.D.


Selected in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World list.

16 May

Court of Arbitration for Sport rule in Pistorius’ favour citing that “the athlete is eligible to compete in IAAF-sanctioned events while wearing Össur Flex-Foot Cheetah® prosthesis model”.
The report states there is no evidence that Oscar has any net advantage over able-bodied athletes.

16 July

Pistorius finishes third at the Spitzen Leichtathletik meeting in Lucerne with a 400m personal best time of 46.25s but 0.70s outside the Olympic qualifying time.


Wins T44 100m, 200m & 400m Paralympic golds in Beijing, setting a new Paralympic record of 47.49s in the 400m.




Competes in the London Aviva Grand Prix, setting a new 400m T44 world record of 47.04s in the Paralympic race, before finishing 7th in the able-bodied event.




Wins gold medals in the 200m, 400m and 4x400m relay at the IPC Athletics World Championships in New Zealand, but gets the silver medal as he loses his first 100m in seven years to Jerome Singleton.

23 March

Sets personal best of 45.61s to win 400m at Provincial Championships in Pretoria, inside the ‘B’ qualification standard for the Olympic Games and World Championships.

27 May

Wins the T44 100m race in 11.04s and the 400m in 47.28s at the BT Paralympic World Cup.

31 May

Competes in the IAAF Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, running 46.19s for 400m.

11 June

Runs his second fastest 400m time of 45.69s at Adidas Grand Prix in New York.

08 July

Finishes fifth in time of 45.81s at the Paris Diamond League 400m event.

17 July

Runs 46.65s for 400m in Padova, Italy.

19 July

Wins in a time of 45.07s for 400m in Lignano, Italy to qualify for the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

08 August

Selected for the South African IAAF World Championships team in the 400m and 4x400m relay.

28 August

Runs 45.39s in the 400m heats in Daegu to qualify for the semi-final.

29 August

Runs 46.19s in the semi-final and finishes the race in eighth.

01 September

Runs the opening leg of the 4x400m relay as South Africa advance to the finals with a national record time of 2:59.21s.

02 September

South Africa finish second in the 4x400m final but Oscar is not selected for the team. He is awarded a silver medal for his inclusion in the heats and so becomes the first Paralympic athlete to win a World Championship medal.



06 February

Oscar is awarded the Laureus Award for Athlete with a Disability

17 March

Oscar runs a time of 45.20s at the Provincial Championships for Gauteng North in the selection event for the South African National Championships. The time is within the Olympic ‘A’ qualification standard.

21 June

Oscar is selected to represent South Africa at the Paralympic Games in London and will defend his T43/44100m, 200m and 400m titles. Oscar will also aim to be part of the 4x100m relay team targeting the Paralympic title and world record.

29 June

Oscar runs a time of 45.52s to take silver – his first major international medal at the African Athletics Championships in Benin.

The time is within the Olympic ‘B’ qualification standard. Oscar also wins the silver medal as part of the 4x400m relay team for South Africa.

04 July

Team South Africa announces that Oscar will compete in the individual 400m and the 4x400m relay at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

04 August

Oscar competes in the heats of the 400m at the Olympic Games, finishing second in a time of 45.44s which qualifies him for the semi-final.

In the semi-final, Oscar finishes eighth in a time of 46.54s.

09 August

The South African team compete in the heats of the 4x400m, where on the second leg they are involved in a collision with Kenya.

After the Kenyan team are disqualified the South African team appeal and are reinstated into the final in lane one out of nine lanes.

Oscar anchors the team to eighth position in the Olympic final.

01 September

Having carried the Flag for South Africa at the Opening Ceremony, Oscar starts his Paralympic campaign with a new world record in the 200m, in a time of 21.30s.

02 September

Oscar finishes second in the 200m final behind Brazil’s Alan Oliveira.

05 September

The South African team take the 4x100m Paralympic title and break their own world record in the process, in a quartet of Samkelo Radebe, Zivan Smith, Arnu Fourie and Oscar on the anchor leg.

06 September

Oscar competes in a highly competitive 100m race, finishing fourth in a season’s best time of 11.17s.

08 September

In the very last event on the Olympic track, Oscar wins the 400m in a Paralympic record of 46.68s to bring down the curtain on his 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games competition.