Zanardi has claimed a gold in the time trial at the Rio Paralympics.

Last Leg presenter Alex Brooker delivers passionate speech about Alex Zanardi

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Alex Zanardi is a truly inspirational sportsman.

He was a formula one racer between 1991 and 1994, then again in 1999, racing for some of the sports most prestigious names, including Lotus and Williams.

His open wheel racing career was cut short following a horrific crash that removed both of his legs on impact, one amputated at the knee, and the other just above.  


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After the crash, he nearly lost three quarters of his blood volume, but was saved through rapid medical intervention.

Since then, Zanardi has taken up handcycling and competed at the Paralympic Games in London and now Rio.

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In London, Zanardi won a gold medal in the men's road time trial H4, winning the individual road race two days later.

At the Rio Paralympics this year, Zanardi has already claimed gold in the H5 time trial, and won a silver medal in the road race, fifteen years to the day since his fateful crash at the Lausitzring. 

Zanardi has had a clear effect on fellow amputee and presenter of The Last Leg Alex Brooker, who cited the Italian's unbelievable attitude towards his disability.

You can watch his speech in the video below.

The impassioned speech highlights Zanardi's incredible attitude and mental strength to overcome the accident that came so close to killing the Italian.

Zanardi's return to motor racing and success in hand cycling should be an incredible inspiration to all amputees, and university educated journalist Brooker looks up to Zanardi as he embraces his disability and uses it as a positive, rather than complaining about it and using it as a negative on his life.

The emotional speech made by Brooker received a lot of praise on social media, and his fellow presenters also respected him for the moving tribute, with comedian Josh Widdicombe hugging him in the aftermath.

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