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Mohamed Lahna aims for 2016 Paralympic triathlon

Posted: June 17, 2013 2:30 p.m.
Updated: June 17, 2013 2:30 p.m.

SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) — Mohamed Lahna removes the prosthetic he uses for everyday activity, attaches another to his right leg worn specifically for running, then takes off around the bright blue track at the College of San Mateo among all the lunch-hour walkers and joggers.

Tucked away in the hills with a spectacular view of San Francisco Bay below, Lahna hustles along for several laps before stopping to stretch his left leg on a hurdle. A paratriathlete for five years, the 31-year-old native of Morocco has his sights set on the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro — a longtime goal.

Born without a femur in his right leg, Lahna has a tiny foot at about knee level that fits into a prosthetic that goes nearly up to his hip.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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