Paralympics: US serviceman blinded in Afghanistan wins gold
Published on Sep 1, 2012 9:59 AM
LONDON (AFP) - United States (US) swimmer Bradley Snyder on Friday won gold in the men's S11 100m freestyle at the London Paralympics - a year after losing his sight when an improvised explosive device exploded in his face in Afghanistan.
The 28-year-old former US Navy lieutenant won the race in 57.43secs, with clear water between him and second-placed finisher Yang Bozun of China and Hendri Herbst Hendri of South Africa in third.
Snyder was on a tour of duty as a bomb disposal specialist when on Sept 7 last year a home-made bomb detonated and blinded him.
The bloody legacy of nearly a decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years have led to a number of wounded former service personnel taking up para-sport.
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