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Pistorius training again: report

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- A South African newspaper published a grainy cellphone photograph of Oscar Pistorius at a running track in his carbon fibre blades Thursday as the Olympian's agent said his return to training was now imminent -- but denied he was already in training.

The Afrikaans-language Beeld newspaper had the image of what it said was Pistorius, who was charged with murder for the Valentine's Day shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, on the front page of its Thursday edition.

In the photograph -- taken by a high school student from a bus passing by the track -- the double amputee is seen from some distance wearing his blades and dark lycra running clothes and is walking on a track with his hands on his hips.

The photo was taken on March 24 by teenager Lisa Smith, her field hockey coach said, when their team was visiting the University of Pretoria where Pistorius' regular practice facility is.

The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that Pistorius had been at the track in the South African capital city on the day of the photograph.

It was the first time Pistorius had put his blades on since he shot dead Steenkamp in his home in the early hours of Feb. 14, his agent, Peet van Zyl, told the AP later on Thursday.

Pistorius was only "having a jog around the track," the agent said, as the newspaper claimed sources had told it the Olympic 400-metre runner and Paralympic champion had begun full training at the university on March 21. Pistorius denies murder in the death of model Steenkamp, saying he mistook her for a nighttime intruder in his home. His next scheduled court appearance is June 4, when prosecutors say they intend to serve indictments.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 5, 2013 C5

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