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    Updated on Aug 24, 2020. Posted on Aug 31, 2012

    16 Inspiring Photos From The London Paralympics

    The 2012 Paralympic Games began Wednesday, soothing our post-Olympics hangover with heartwarming stories of athletes completing remarkable, against-the-odds feats. Here are a few of them.

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    Zeinab Oteify of Egypt prays before attempting a lift in the women's -44kg powerlifting competition.

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    Juan Jose Mendez of Spain competes in the Men's Individual Cycling C1 Pursuit qualification round.

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    Netherlands's Amy Siemons competes in a women's 100m T34 race.

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    Lahouari Bahlaz of Algeria competes in the Men's Club Throw - F31/32/51 competition.

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    Arnold Boldt of Canada competes in the Men's Individual Cycling C2 Pursuit qualification round.

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    Sally Brown of Great Britain competes in the Women's 200m - T46 heats.

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    Yunidis Castillo of Cuba competes in the Women's 200m - T46.

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    Jessica Long of USA during the Women's 400m Freestyle S8 heats.

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    Jaye Milley of Canada competes in the Men's Individual Cycling C1 Pursuit qualification round.

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    Brazil's Carlos J Barto Silva being led by his guide after the men's 1500m T11 round 1 race.

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    Thomas Young of Great Britain during the Men's 400m Freestyle heats.

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    Joseph Berenyi of the United States competes in the Men's Individual Cycling 3 Pursuit qualification round.

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    Shaquille Vance from the U.S. prepares to throw in the men's shot put F42/44 final.

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    Martine Wright of Britain and Ilona Yudina, left, of Ukraine, during the women' sitting volleyball match. Wright lost her legs in the 7/7 London terrorist attacks.

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    Kris Bosmans of Belgium, who suffers from cerebral palsy, competes in the Men's Individual Cycling 3 Pursuit qualification round.

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    Sarah Storey of Great Britain after winning gold in the Women's Individual C5 Pursuit Cycling competition.