Paralympic medalist wins 10K race with one shoe
Wondiye Fikre Indelbu won the Newton Aycliffe 10k despite losing his shoe midway through the race
Wondiye Fikre Indelbu, who won Ethiopia's first Paralympics medal in London, won a 10k road race after completing the majority of the race without a shoe.
Indelbu took silver at the London Olympics in the T46 1500M creating history for his country.
But the Ethiopian achieved another impressive feat after running 7k with only one shoe. His lace had come undone after just 3k and instead of stopping to tie it up, the 25-year old decided to kick off his shoe and continue running.
Indelbu needed medical attention after crossing for a badly blistered foot. However, the asylum seeker finished in an impressive time of 32 minutes 18 seconds.
Indelbu is based in Middlesbrough and participated in the 10k road race in Newton Aycliffe in Durham.
He was just nine-years old when government forces attacked his village. During the attacks a grenade was thrown into Indelbu's house, which killed his father. He suffered life-changing injuries after losing part of his arm and an eye.
The race was an able-bodied event and Indelbu finished 30 seconds ahead of the field.
To think Indelbu achieved this miraculous feat with one eye, part an arm missing and only one shoe against able-bodied runners suggests this win could rival the silver he achieved in London.
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