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PARALYMPICS CYCLING
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August 12, 2004 
Colombian disabled athlete Robinson Martinez (back), watches his mother, Rogelia Hinestroza, light the... 
Cali, Colombia 
Colombian paralympic cyclist Martinez at home with mother. 
Colombian disabled athlete Robinson Martinez (back), watches his mother, Rogelia Hinestroza, light the cooking fire at their home outside Cali in this photo taken August 12, 2004. Martinez, whose left leg was amputated at the age of five to save his life from a snake bite infection, is training to compete in the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games in three different cycling events. His love for bicycles started when he was small, soon after losing his leg. He recalls, "At the beginning it was difficult to dominate the bike, but one gains confidence and learns to balance better as time goes by." Martinez is cautiously confident about his chances in Athens. "I just pray to God that he give me the strength in my leg and the heart to be champion." REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz RR 
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