Top Ten Physically Disabled Male Athletes in Sports

Top Ten Physically Disabled Male Athletes in Sports

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Sports are a great way to be healthy and fit. It is a virtuous circle that requires a healthy body, and leads to great fitness and health in turn. Sports also require healthy and fit person with great endurance, speed and agility. But there are many people who have sustained injuries or undergone physical problems that have left them with disabilities. But, many such people have displayed great courage and participate in sports, only to overcome their physical hindrances. Let us look at Top Ten Physically Disabled Male Athletes in Sports for your ranking and votes.

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Oscar Pistorius - South Africa

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Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius born 22 November 1986 is a South African sprint runner and convicted murderer. Both of Pistorius' legs were amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old. He was the tenth athlete to compete at both the Paralympic Games and Olympic Games, competing in sprint events for below-knee amputees in Paralympic events, and in non-disabled sprint events.
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Jim MacLaren – United States

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James E. MacLaren (April 13, 1963 – August 31, 2010) was a motivational speaker and author, noted for his record-breaking performances in the marathon and Ironman triathlon after having his left leg amputated below the knee. He was a standout athlete in football and lacrosse at Yale University. He was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2005 ESPY Awards presentation. He died August 31, 2010, in his sleep.
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Jason P. Lester – United States

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Jason P. Lester (born 1974) is an endurance athlete, the 2009 ESPY Award winner for Best Male Athlete with a Disability. He is the first disabled athlete to complete the Ultraman World Championships. Lester has completed endurance challenges such as the EPIC5 Challenge and a 1,000-mile (1,600 km) run and 4,000-mile (6,400 km) bike across the United States. On May 5, 2013 Lester ran 3,550 miles (5,710 km) across the United States, becoming the 4th fastest runner to run from San Francisco to New York City to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims. He has also run 2,600 miles (4,200 km) along The Great Wall of China in 83 days, setting a world record by becoming the first person to run the length of the wall solo in a single attempt.
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Terry Fox - Canada

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Terrance Stanley (July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981) was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. Fox was a distance runner and basketball player for his Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, high school and Simon Fraser University. His right leg was amputated in 1977 after he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, though he continued to run using an artificial leg. He also played wheelchair basketball in Vancouver, winning three national championships.
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Ron Santo – United States

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Ronald Edward Santo (February 25, 1940 – December 3, 2010) was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) third baseman who played for the Chicago Cubs from 1960 through 1973 and the Chicago White Sox in 1974. In 1990, Santo became a member of the Cubs broadcasting team providing commentary for Cubs games on WGN radio and remained at that position until his death in 2010. In 1999, he was selected to the Cubs All-Century Team. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012. Santo enjoyed his success despite battling diabetes since he was a teenager, a condition which was carefully and generally concealed publicly until 1971; it eventually necessitated the amputation of the lower half of both his legs.
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Jim Abbott – United States

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James Anthony Abbott (born September 19, 1967) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher who played despite having been born without a right hand. He played ten seasons in MLB for the California Angels, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, and Milwaukee Brewers, from 1989 to 1999.
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Curt Marsh – United States

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Curt Marsh (born August 25, 1959) is a former American football offensive tackle. He was selected in the first round by the Oakland Raiders out of the University of Washington in the 1981 NFL Draft. Marsh was a High School All-American at Snohomish High School in Snohomish, Washington. Marsh played for the Raiders through 1987. He underwent more than 20 surgeries for football-related injuries, including a foot amputation, which he attributes to inadequate medical care.
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Baxter Humby - Canada

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Baxter Humby (born October 26, 1972) is a Canadian kickboxer known as "The One Armed Bandit" due to his missing right hand, which was amputated at birth just below his elbow after becoming entangled with the umbilical cord. He is the only man in the world to win world titles with only one hand. He won the Canadian Super Welterweight Kickboxing Championship in 1996, and afterwards, in 1997, moved to California to pursue a professional kickboxing career.
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Kyle Maynard – United States

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Kyle Maynard (March 24, 1986) is a speaker, author, and ESPY Award-winning mixed martial arts athlete, known for becoming the first quadruple amputee to ascend Mount Kilimanjaro without the aid of prosthetics. He was inducted into both the Georgia State Wrestling Hall of Fame and as the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Oklahoma. In 2007, he was named one of the U.S. Jaycees Top Ten Outstanding Young Americans.
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Rocky Bleier – United States

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Robert Patrick "Rocky" Bleier (born March 5, 1946) is an American former professional American football player. He was a National Football League (NFL) halfback for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968 and from 1971 to 1980. Bleier was wounded in the left thigh by an enemy rifle bullet when his platoon was ambushed in a rice paddy during Vietnam War.

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