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THE London Paralympic Games has kicked off, and you'll be
by not only the prowess of the athletes, but their incredible stories.
Abebe Fekadu, training in Brisbane. Picture: Jono Searle
Abebe Fekadu, powerlifting,
almost defy description. Fekadu was thrown from a car in Ethiopia in a
dramatic car chase as he fled a pro-democracy meeting in his native
Ethiopia. The accident left him a paraplegic. And if you're wondering
why he was involved in the pro-democracy movement, it's because his
government executed his father for being "anti-revolutionary" when
Fekadu was just eight. Now 42, Fekadu became an Australian citizen in
2007 after originally being a refugee held in detention. Oh, did we
mention he's a power lifter? A fine one too, who can hold 160kg aloft.
This man has some serious strength both on the inside and