29 Jun 2013

Pistorius back on track

10:09 am on 29 June 2013

South African Paralympic and Olympic athletics star Oscar Pistorius has returned to the track for "low-key" training, just weeks before he is due to appear in court for the latest hearing in his murder trial.

Pistorius, a double amputee who ran the 400 metres at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, was not preparing for a return to competition but the training would help him for what is expected to be a lengthy legal battle, beginning in mid-August.

The 26-year-old, who carried the South African flag at closing ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics, shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, through a locked toilet door at his Pretoria home in mid-February.

Prosecutors say he committed premeditated murder. Pistorius says he thought Steenkamp was an intruder and the killing was a tragic mistake.