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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Peep Show: Paralympics throwdown in Marietta


BLIND JAVELIN TOSS: Less dangerous than it sounds.

On Saturday, we stopped by Marietta High School for the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships. The event features hundreds of athletes with a variety of disabilities including amputations, paralysis and cerebral palsy competing in classic track and field events including, believe it or not, blind javelin throwers. Among the weekend’s competitors was Scott Winkler of Grovetown, Ga., whose 10.01-meter throw set a new world record in the men’s F54 shot put. Winkler became paraplegic in 2003 after he was injured while serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq.

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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