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'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius resumes training ahead of murder trial

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Oscar Pistorius pictured training in Italy ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.

Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympic sprinter who faces trial for the alleged murder of his model girlfriend, has resumed training, his spokesman announced Friday.

The Paralympic gold medal winner, dubbed "Blade Runner" for his prosthetic legs, has “decided to resume a low-key track routine” to help him prepare mentally for the trial, his media manager Anneliese Burgess said in a statement.

The South African runner “is not contemplating a formal return to athletics and his training is not aimed at preparing for competition,” the statement said.

“His focus at this time remains entirely on the court case," Burgess added. "His family, and those close to him, have encouraged him to spend a few hours a week on the track to assist him in finding the necessary mental and emotional equilibrium to process his trauma and prepare for the trial.”

Pistorius, 26, is accused of deliberately shooting Reeva Steenkamp, 29, in a bathroom at his home in Pretoria, South Africa, on February 14.

He denies the murder charge. Pistorius says he mistook her for an intruder.

Thy Olympian was granted bail after a pre-trial hearing earlier this year. The murder trial is set to begin August 19.

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