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Amputee Du Toit inspires all

August 20, 2008

South Africa's disabled swimmer Natalie du Toit, may not have finished in the top three in this morning's 10km open water swim at the Beijing Olympic Games, but the mere fact that she participated was worth a medal.

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  • Du Toit, who lost her lower leg in a scooter accident eight years ago, never let go of her dream to participate in the Olympic Games. This morning she finished 16th out of 25 participants-- completing the distance in two hours, 49.9 seconds.

    That was just one minute and 22 seconds behind the winner, Larisa Ilchenko of Russia, who won in one hour, 59 minutes and 27.7 seconds.

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