Oscar Pistorius timeline since London Olympics

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Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison for murder, more than three years after he shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Here’s a timeline of events for Pistorius since 2012:

July 4, 2012 — South Africa lists Pistorius as the last name on their team of 125 track and field athletes for the London Olympics. Pistorius’ reaction on Twitter.

Aug. 4, 2012 — Pistorius becomes the first double leg amputee to run in the Olympics, finishing second in his 400m first-round heat to advance to the semifinals. He finished last in his semifinal the next day.

Feb. 14, 2013 — Pistorius shoots and kills girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home, later saying he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder locked inside a bathroom, in the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day.

Feb. 15, 2013 — Pistorius weeps in court as prosecutors say they will pursue a premeditated murder charge.

Feb. 19, 2013 — Pistorius says, “I tried to help her, but she died in my arms. I am mortified,” in a sworn affidavit.

Aug. 19, 2013 — Pistorius is formally indicted on charges including premeditated murder. His trial is set for March 3-20, 2014.

Feb. 14, 2014 — Pistorius posts a statement on his website on the one-year anniversary of Steenkamp’s death: “The loss of Reeva and the complete trauma of that day, I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”

March 3, 2014 — Pistorius pleads not guilty as the trial begins, broadcast live on a pop-up TV channel in South Africa.

April 7, 2014 — Pistorius takes the witness stand and begins his testimony at the trial. He would be cross-examined for five days.

May 14, 2014 — Judge Thokozile Masipa orders a trial break for Pistorius to be taken for mental tests at the request of the prosecution. The trial resumes June 30.

Aug. 8, 2014 — Closing arguments conclude, and Masipa sets Sept. 11 to begin announcing her judgment. Pistorius’ social media reaction.

Sept. 12, 2014 — Masipa finds Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide but not murder as she finishes announcing the verdict. Pistorius faces a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

Oct. 21, 2014 — Pistorius is sentenced to no more than five years in prison with a possibility to serve eight to 10 months of the sentence in jail and the rest under house arrest.

June 8, 2015 — Pistorius is approved to be moved from prison to house arrest as early as Aug. 21.

Oct. 15, 2015 — Pistorius’ release date is announced — Oct. 20 — following delays.

Nov. 3, 2015 — A prosecution’s appeal is scheduled to be heard by South Africa’s Supreme Court, with a murder conviction again being sought.

Dec. 3, 2015 — A South African appeals court overturns the culpable homicide verdict and convicts Pistorius of murder.

March 3, 2016 — Pistorius’ appeal of the murder conviction is denied.

July 6, 2016 — Pistorius is sentenced to six years in prison.

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Joan Benoit Samuelson, Olympic marathon champ in 1984, runs London Marathon at 65

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Joan Benoit Samuelson, the first Olympic women’s marathon champion in 1984, ran her first 26.2-mile race in three years at Sunday’s London Marathon and won her age group.

Benoit Samuelson, 65, clocked 3 hours, 20 minutes, 20 seconds to top the women’s 65-69 age group by 7 minutes, 52 seconds. She took pleasure in being joined in the race by daughter Abby, who crossed in 2:58:19.

“She may have beaten me with my replacement knee, but everybody said I wouldn’t do it! I will never say never,” Benoit Samuelson said, according to race organizers. “I am a grandmother now to Charlotte, and it’s my goal to run 5K with her.”

LONDON MARATHON: Results

Benoit Samuelson raced the 1987 Boston Marathon while three months pregnant with Abby. Before that, she won the first Olympic women’s marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, plus the Boston Marathon in 1979 and 1983 and the Chicago Marathon in 1985.

Her personal best — 2:21:21 — still holds up. She ranks sixth in U.S. women’s history.

Benoit Samuelson plans to race the Tokyo Marathon to complete her set of doing all six annual World Marathon Majors. The others are Berlin, Boston, Chicago and New York City.

“I’m happy to finish this race and make it to Tokyo, but I did it today on a wing and a prayer,” she said, according to organizers. “I’m blessed to have longevity in this sport. It doesn’t owe me anything, but I feel I owe my sport.”

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Kenenisa Bekele still eyes Eliud Kipchoge’s marathon world record, but a duel must wait

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LONDON — Kenenisa Bekele made headlines last week by declaring “of course I am the best” long distance runner ever. But the Ethiopian was fifth-best at Sunday’s London Marathon, finishing 74 seconds behind Kenya’s Amos Kipruto.

Bekele, 40, clocked 2:05:53, the fastest-ever marathon by a runner 40 years or older. He was with the lead pack until being dropped in the 21st mile.

But Bekele estimated he could have run 90 to 120 seconds faster had he not missed parts of six weeks of training with hip and joint injuries.

“I expect better even if the preparation is short,” he said. “I know my talent and I know my capacity, but really I couldn’t achieve what I expect.”

Bekele is the second-fastest marathoner in history behind Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, who broke his own world record by clocking 2:01:09 at the Berlin Marathon last week.

“I am happy when I see Eliud Kipchoge run that time,” Bekele said. “It motivates all athletes who really expect to do the same thing.”

LONDON MARATHON: Results

Bekele’s best time was within two seconds of Kipchoge’s previous world record (2:01:39). He described breaking Kipchoge’s new mark as the “main goal” for the rest of his career.

“Yes, I hope, one day it will happen, of course,” Bekele said. “With good preparation, I don’t know when, but we will see one more time.”

Nobody has won more London Marathons than Kipchoge, a four-time champion who set the course record (2:02:37) in 2019. But the two-time Olympic marathon champion did not run this year in London, as elite marathoners typically choose to enter one race each spring and fall.

Bekele does not know which race he will enter in the spring. But it will not be against Kipchoge.

“I need to show something first,” Bekele said. “I need to run a fast time. I have to check myself. This is not enough.”

Kipchoge will try to become the first runner to win three Olympic marathon titles at the Paris Games. Bekele, who will be 42 in 2024, has not committed to trying to qualify for the Ethiopian team.

“There’s a long time to go before Paris,” Bekele said. “At this moment I am not decided. I have to show something.”

So who is the greatest long distance runner ever?

Bekele can make a strong case on the track:

Bekele
Four Olympic medals (three gold)
Six World Championship medals (five gold)
Former 5000m and 10,000m world-record holder

Kipchoge
Two Olympic medals
Two World Championship medals (one gold)

But Kipchoge can make a strong case on the pavement:

Bekele
Second-fastest marathoner in history
Two World Marathon Major victories

Kipchoge
Four of the five best marathon times in history
Two-time Olympic marathon champion
12 World Marathon Major victories

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