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Disabled IDF Soldier Crowned World Champion After London Marathon

Eitan Hermon vowed to keep running after losing right leg in Lebanon War; 'I gave my all,' says new champion.

By: Oren Aharoni, Avraham Tshuva

Published: April 29th, 2015 in Sports » World

Israeli single-leg amputee Eitan Hermon, who was wounded in the 2006 Second Lebanon War, was crowned International Paralympic Committee world champion in the T44 category following his performance in Sunday's London Marathon.

Some 120 disabled athletes participated in this year's race through the English capital.

Eitan Hermon in training (Photo: Amit Megal)

Eitan Hermon in training (Photo: Amit Megal)

Hermon, 41, finished his heat in 34th place, in a time of 3:07.10 hours, which earned him the world championship crown. Hermon, however, was unable to achieve his second goal – to set a new world marathon record for single-leg amputees. The current record stands at 2:54.06 hours.

"The run started really well; I gave my all and that's how things turned out," a clearly excited Hermon said after the event.


Eitan Hermon running in the London Marathon last weekend (Photo: Razi Livnat)

"My goal is always to record the best result I possibly can. I hope to earn the chance to participate in the Tokyo Olympics (in 2020), because I'm not going to make it to Rio. I want to thank the Tikvot organization, which helped me get here. My next competition will be in September, the Berlin Marathon."

Hermon was wounded in the Second Lebanon War by a roadside IED and was forced to have his right leg amputated below the knee. He vowed that he would still run a marathon.

Following a long rehabilitation process, he again took up running; and just three years after his injury, he completed his first 10-kilometer run in Tel Aviv with the aid of a special prosthesis.

Reprinted with permission from Ynet News

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