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'Blade Runner' storms out of BBC interview

DOUBLE-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius stormed out of a BBC radio interview yesterday morning after being asked if he considered himself "an inconvenient embarrassment" to the athletics authorities.

Pistorius, who had both legs amputated below the knees aged 11 months and is known as the 'Blade Runner' because of his carbon fibre running blades, became the first Paralympian to win an able-bodied World Championship medal last Saturday when he helped South Africa take silver in the 4 x 400 metres relay.

However, he was controversially dropped from the final after running in the heats in South Korea.

After being asked the question, Pistorius replied: "I think that's an insult to me and I think this interview is over." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent