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Gaza athlete dodges bullets in race to Beijing

April 16, 2008

Air raids and rocket fire disrupt his training, his running shoes are cheap and scruffy and even getting Israeli permission to leave the Gaza Strip was a struggle.

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  • But armed with "faith and self-confidence", Palestinian athlete Nader al-Masri is determined to make Gaza proud at the Beijing Olympics in August.

    "I want to raise a Palestinian flag and to win some pride for my town and for my country," said Masri, one of a four-member Palestinian team who hope to compete in China and the only representative from the impoverished Gaza Strip.

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  • Photographs and Text: Reuters


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