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Oscar gave advice to NZ’s ‘blade runner’

2016-09-16 11:20
Liam Malone (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Prior to the Rio Paralympic Games, New Zealand’s ‘blade runner’ Liam Malone received advice from former South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

According to the New Zealand Herald website, the two contacted each other via e-mail, while the disgraced Paralympian was still on trial during his ongoing court case.

Malone told UK Channel Four that he reached out to Pistorius earlier this year and asked him for advice leading into his first Paralympic Games.

"He contacted with me and I talked to his coach via e-mail searching for advice," Malone said.

"All we talked about was training, and not his circumstances. It was purely business."

Earlier this week, Malone smashed two of Pistorius' Paralympic records - in the men's 400m and 200m T44.

Similar to the South African, the 22-year-old Kiwi was born with fibular hemimelia in both legs and had to have his legs amputated at a young age.

Pistorius garnered major popularity at the London 2012 Games when he became the first disabled athlete to compete at the Olympic Games.

He is considered one of the world's most famous disabled athletes with eight Paralympic medals - six of which are gold - to his name.

Pistorius is currently serving a six-year jail term for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.


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