Kiwi Blade Runner Liam Malone has revealed he spoke with shamed Paralympian Oscar Pistorius this year, in order to get advice ahead of the Rio games.
The two time gold medallist, who has also won silver at this year’s Rio Paralympics, says he spoke with Pistorius via Skype and email earlier this year.
Oscar, who is serving six years in prison for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, offered advice to the Kiwi runner ahead of the games.
“He contacted me and I talked to his coach via email searching for advice.
“All we talked about was training and not his circumstances. It was purely business.”
Pistorius and Malone were both born with fibular hemimelia in both legs – which means part or all of the fibula bone is missing. As a result, they both had double amputations below the knee before they were two years old.
In this summer’s Paralympics, Liam broke two of Oscar’s previously held World Records, including one this Friday.
The 22-year-old star took to twitter after his latest win to tell his fans: “My dad wasn’t excited to see my medals. All he could say was “don’t lose them” knowing how disorganised I am.”
On his Instagram page, the Liam revealed that four years ago his beloved mother lost her battle with cancer. He dedicated him 100m final win – in which he won silver – to her.
Oscar Pistorius had a glittering athletic career before February 2013, becoming the first double amputee to run in the Olympics in 2012.
But his dramatic fall from grace came when he shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's day 2013.
Initially jailed for Culpable Homicide (Manslaughter), Pistorius was released into house arrest in 2015, after serving just a year of his sentence.
But later that same year, his conviction was overturned and he was convicted of Murder. In July, he was sentenced to a further six years imprisonment, which he is currently serving in a Pretoria jail.
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