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'Blade maker' settles down in Fort Smith

Prosthetist known for Olympian’s fast ‘legs’

Posted: June 23, 2014 at 2:38 a.m.

Arkansas Democrat Gazette/CYD KING - 06/20/2014 - Francois Van Der Watt of Fort Smith holds a prosthetics blade. Van Der Watt developed runner Oscar Pistorius' prosthetics.

Arkansas Democrat Gazette/CYD KING - 06/20/2014 - Francois Van Der Watt of Fort Smith holds a prosthetics blade. Van Der Watt developed runner Oscar Pistorius' prosthetics.

FORT SMITH -- Francois Van Der Watt, the world-renowned prosthetist who designed the "blades" that enabled Oscar Pistorius to become the first double-leg amputee to compete as a sprinter in the Olympics in 2012, has only fond memories and well-wishes for the athlete, who's on trial in a murder case.

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