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Oscar Pistorius put Paralympics on the map - David Prince

David Prince believes Oscar Pistorius' murder trial will have no detrimental impact on the Paralympic movement.

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The athlete is charged with the "willful and intentional murder" of Reeva Steenkamp after he shot his then girlfriend dead at his home on February 14 last year.

Pistorius has always maintained his innocence, insisting that he mistook Ms Steenkamp for an intruder after hearing a noise in the bathroom.

The 27-year-old will learn his fate this week as his verdict hearing is due to start on Thursday in Pretoria.

Whatever happens, Prince, the T44 400m world record holder who was beaten by Pistorius to Paralympic gold at the London 2012 Games, thinks the South African sprinter has led by example on the track.

"I think he basically put the Paralympics on the map," the American told Perform.

"Having the media attention and going to the Olympic Games was phenomenal and it did great things for the Paralympic movement as a whole, and I honestly don't see any drawback from that."

Reflecting on their head-to-head clash at London 2012, Prince recalled: "He has always been so much fun to run with.

"Getting into the cool room and cutting up and having fun, just setting everyone at ease. I have always viewed myself as the one to make jokes and be silly - that's how I deal with my nerves - and running that race in 2012 was exceptional.

"I really could not have had a better time and coming in behind him - there is no other person that I would have enjoyed being beaten by, if that makes any sense.

"His attitude on the track is extremely professional and it is refreshing to be able to run with a guy that is so wonderful to be around on the track."

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