Oscar Pistorius hospitalised in South Africa

Disgraced athlete Oscar Pistorius has been reportedly rushed from prison to hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack.

Maistry added that the department would not release details on Pistorius's medical condition.

Reports said he was rushed from Atteridgeville Prison to the hospital's emergency department, escorted by armed guards.

The 30-year-old was taken on Thursday to a hospital in the administrative capital Pretoria, where he is serving his sentence, after starting to suffer from chest pains, according to the website Pretoria East Record. Maistry declined to comment on those reports.

An official statement confirmed that Pistorius "was this morning taken to an outside hospital establishment for medical examination".

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Pistorius, known as the "Blade Runner", took part in 400 meters qualification during the 2012 Summer Olympics but failed to make it through the semifinal round. He argued during the trial her death was a case of mistaken identity, claiming he shot her through the bathroom door after becoming fearful an intruder was inside the home. In December 2015 the country's Supreme Court of Appeal overturned the verdict and found him guilty of murder.

Prosecutors have announced their intention to appeal again, this time against Pistorius' six-year sentence, which they say is too lenient.

In November Pistorius moved to a new jail in South Africa after demanding one with better bath tubs.

Pistorius faces having his sentence increased to 15 years if prosecutors are successful.

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