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Pistorius buys a R3.5m car

Athlete Oscar Pistorius bought himself a McLaren supercar as a Christmas gift for successful year, the Sunday Times reported.

“I drive a McLaren - a gift I got for myself for this Christmas and the next one,” he told the newspaper.

Paralympic and Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius. Credit: Reuters

The car reportedly sells for over R3.5 million.

Pistorius said the car was to spoil himself for a “good year”.

He became the first double leg amputee to participate in the Olympics in London last year. He also participated in the Paralympics, winning gold in the men's 400 metres and the 4×100 metres relay.

Pistorius, who has been signed as the face of M-Net Movies' Academy Awards publicity campaign, already has an estimated R17m in endorsements from Nike, Oakley, British telecommunications company BT and Thierry Mugler perfume.

He told the newspaper the many international leaders and celebrities he met last year included the ruling emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and FIFA boss Sepp Blatter. - Sapa

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