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From fear of water to gold, Bosnian armless swimmer beats odds

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 01:25

Six-year-old Bosnian Ismail Zulfic was born without arms and with a foot deformity but with a courage and determination that won him gold at a regional swimming competition for disabled children this month in neighbouring Croatia. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Six-year-old Bosnian Ismail Zulfic was born without arms and with a foot deformity but with a courage and determination that won him gold at a regional swimming competition for disabled children this month in neighbouring Croatia. Ismail's family lives in the central town of Zenica and his parents drive him twice a week to the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, 70 km (43.5 miles) in the south, for swimming classes, a big investment of time and money for the cash-strapped family. They never dreamed their shy boy, who had developed a fear of water after an incident in a rubber pool, would ever become a swimmer after they hardly persuaded him into swimming classes for psycho-therapeutic reasons, let alone a gold medallist. They hoped the water would relieve pressure on the back he constantly bends to eat, write, or fit his swimming goggles with his feet. Amel Kapo, who more than a year ago founded the Spid swimming club for disabled children after he had noticed that many of them come to swimming pool without professional supervision, helped Ismail learn to swim. A year later Ismail powered to the finish of the 50 metre back-stroke, well ahead of rivals, some nearly double his age at the regional competition in Zagreb. Kapo said his club had no ambition but to give the children the taste of a competition but Ismail and five other Spid members won six gold and two silver medals. The trips to classes are a costly burden for Ismail's father Ismet, a steel factory worker, and his unemployed mother. But he says that no money could pay the pride and tears of happiness their son gave them by competing with other children.

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From fear of water to gold, Bosnian armless swimmer beats odds

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 01:25