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From fear of water to gold medal
A six-year-old Bosnian boy born without arms and with a foot deformity overcomes his fear of the water to win a gold medal.
BOSNIA-LIFE/SWIMMING
RTX36LTS
May 19, 2017
Six-year-old Bosnian Ismail Zulfic was born without arms and with a foot deformity and overcame his fear...
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ismail Zulfic, 6-year old armless swimmer jumps in water in Olympic Pool Otoka in Sarajevo
Six-year-old Bosnian Ismail Zulfic was born without arms and with a foot deformity and overcame his fear of the water to win a gold medal at a regional swimming competition.

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BOSNIA-LIFE/SWIMMING
RTX36LTY
May 19, 2017
Ismail's parents never dreamed their shy boy, who developed a fear of water after an incident in a rubber...
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ismail Zulfic, 6-year old armless swimmer exits from the pool in Olympic Pool Otoka in Sarajevo
Ismail's parents never dreamed their shy boy, who developed a fear of water after an incident in a rubber pool, would become a medal-winning swimmer.


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BOSNIA-LIFE/SWIMMING
RTX36LTV
May 19, 2017
He could barely be persuaded into the water for therapeutic treatment for his back, which Ismail bends...
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ismail Zulfic, 6-year old armless swimmer swims in Olympic Pool Otoka in Sarajevo
He could barely be persuaded into the water for therapeutic treatment for his back, which Ismail bends constantly to eat, write, use a joystick or fit on his swimming goggles with his feet.



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BOSNIA-LIFE/SWIMMING
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May 19, 2017
But then he met Kapo, who set up the Spid swimming club more than a year ago after noticing that many...
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ismail Zulfic, 6-year old armless swimmer swims in Olympic Pool Otoka in Sarajevo
But then he met Kapo, who set up the Spid swimming club more than a year ago after noticing that many disabled swimmers went to the pool without professional supervision. Kapo taught Ismail to swim.

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BOSNIA-LIFE/SWIMMING
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May 19, 2017
"After a few months of practice Ismail was able to dive in and swim the length of the Olympic sized pool...
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ismail Zulfic, 6-year old armless swimmer goes for the training in Olympic Pool Otoka in Sarajevo
"After a few months of practice Ismail was able to dive in and swim the length of the Olympic sized pool without any help," Kapo said, explaining that the boy's success was the result of mutual trust and Ismail's determination.


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BOSNIA-LIFE/SWIMMING
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May 19, 2017
A year later Ismail powered to the finish of the 50-metre back stroke, well ahead of rivals, some nearly...
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ismail Zulfic, 6-year old armless swimmer prepares his goggles before swimming in Olympic Pool Otoka...
A year later Ismail powered to the finish of the 50-metre back stroke, well ahead of rivals, some nearly twice his age, at the regional competition in Zagreb.

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BOSNIA-LIFE/SWIMMING
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May 19, 2017
"I like to win," a smiling Ismail told Reuters, adding he also holds a medal in skiing.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ismail Zulfic (R), 6-year old armless swimmer sits by the pool in Olympic Pool Otoka in Sarajevo
"I like to win," a smiling Ismail told Reuters, adding he also holds a medal in skiing.

REUTERS/Dado Ruvic
BOSNIA-LIFE/SWIMMING
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May 19, 2017
Kapo said his club sought only to give the children a taste of competition, but along with Ismail, five...
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ismail Zulfic, 6-year old armless swimmer warms up before swimming in Olympic Pool Otoka in Sarajevo
Kapo said his club sought only to give the children a taste of competition, but along with Ismail, five other Spid swimmers won gold medals and two won silver.


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BOSNIA-LIFE/SWIMMING
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May 19, 2017
Their achievement is even more remarkable given the lack of state aid for disabled children in Bosnia....
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ismail Zulfic, 6-year old armless swimmer sits by the pool in Olympic Pool Otoka in Sarajevo
Their achievement is even more remarkable given the lack of state aid for disabled children in Bosnia. Kapo and three other volunteers provide swimming lessons in what is the only club of its kind in the country.

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BOSNIA-LIFE/SWIMMING
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May 19, 2017
It costs 1,650 Bosnian marka ($939) a month to use the municipal swimming pool, paid for by donations...
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ismail Zulfic, 6-year old armless swimmer swims in Olympic Pool Otoka in Sarajevo
It costs 1,650 Bosnian marka ($939) a month to use the municipal swimming pool, paid for by donations from local businesses. The long trips to swimming lessons are costly for Ismail's father Ismet, a steel factory worker, and his unemployed mother Elmina.

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