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Athletes glued to TV to watch Pistorius' judgment

12 September 2014, 08:00

Nairobi - Kenyan athletes were glued to television sets across the country to watch the judgment of Oscar Pistorius, the South African amputee athlete who faces his D-Day.

A survey by Xinhua through phone calls to various elite Kenyan athletes across the country revealed that most of the sports stars took a break from their private businesses to watch the live streaming of the court proceedings in Pretoria.

Some of them who participated alongside Pistorius during the London 2012 Olympic Games remembered him as a young man who overcame adversity to scale heights that most able-bodied men could not.

"Let justice take its course," said Patroba Ngetich, 400m runner in Eldoret town in western Kenya, the cradle of Kenyan athletics. "Anything more than that would be prejudicial to the case and I have to be cautious."

Several athletes gathered at Grand Prix Hotel that is owned by Moses Tanui, former 10,000m world champion, to watch the proceedings.

With the global athletics calendar having almost ended, most elite runners are at their bases where they are relaxing and socialising having missed each other's company most of the year.

"My heart is out for him but let's also not forget the departed super model," said an athlete who requested anonymity owing to the sensitivity of the matter.

Most of those interviewed declined to comment on the on-going proceedings, saying that the matter was in the hands of Judge Thokosile Masipa who is the only qualified authority on the matter.

Pistorius admitted that he shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, but was firmly convinced that he did not intentionally murder her.

Also read: Trial end approaches for Oscar Pistorius
He and his defense claimed that she was mistaken as an intruder in the night.

 - Xinhua

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