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Tennessee Paralympian Blake Leeper pursues track titles with prosthetic legs

June 24th, 2013 7:22 am by Staff Report

Tennessee Paralympian Blake Leeper pursues track titles with prosthetic legs

American Blake Leeper, center, competes in the men's 200-meter run at the Paralympic Games in London last September. (AP photo)

The first time sprinter Blake Leeper began training, he didn’t know how to use the starting blocks or how to line up on the track.

By the time he learned, Leeper quickly became the fastest Paralympian in the world, tying the 100-meter world record set by South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius at 10.91 seconds during a meet in Canada last July.

Leeper, who is from Kingsport, was born with a rare congenital birth defect where neither of his fibulae developed. He has no limbs below his knees. He learned to walk using prosthetic legs.

Read more about Leeper from The Tennessean.


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