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Icelander World Champion in Javelin Throw

Icelandic athlete Helgi Sveinsson won the gold in men’s F42 javelin throw at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, held in France July 20-28. Helgi threw the javelin 50.98 meters, nine centimeters further than Paralympic Champion Yanlong Fu from China, who placed second.

handball-bronze-crowd_goArchive photo: Geir Ólafsson/Iceland Review.

“It was a make-it-or-break-it moment and I find it incredible that I made it,” Helgi told Fréttablaðið of his moment of victory on Thursday evening.

In his teens, Helgi was a promising handball player. However, at 17, his right leg started hurting. It turned out that he had a giant tumor and his leg had to be amputated.

Helgi became depressed and started drinking. However, after being offered a job at Össur orthopedics company Helgi began practicing sports again, competing for Iceland at the 2012 London Paralympics, only seven months after trying javelin throw for the first time.

Helgi placed fifth at the Paralympics and is aiming for Rio in 2016.


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