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Kingsport's Leeper wants to become first American Paralympian to compete in Olympics

June 23rd, 2013 7:15 pm by Tyler Whetstone, The Tennessean

Kingsport's Leeper wants to become first American Paralympian to compete in Olympics

Blake Leeper, center, competes in the 2012 Paralympics in London (AP file 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.

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