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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Armless archer's Olympic target

A US man born with no arms is on course to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics - as an archer.

Matt Stutzman, 29, from Iowa, had the highest score on the day of people qualifying for the US Olympic archery team.

He now goes on to Italy for team trials and, if successful there, will be taking part in the able-bodied olympics, reports the Newton Daily News.

And he says he is confident of making it to London - and of winning a gold medal when he gets there.

His technique of holding the bow with his foot gives him an advantage, he says, because his leg is stronger than his rivals' arms.

Mr Stutzman has never let his handicap slow him down, and can do most things with his feet as well as a person with arms.

He does not have a disabled badge on his car nor is it adapted for someone without arms.

The father-of-two says he purposely challenges himself to do everything a "normal" person can do.

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