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by Hadi Uddin

Kunming, Yunnan provice

Your chest expand as your lungs fill with air. With clenched jaws, you propel yourself from the starting block at the edge of the pool. For a few milliseconds you fly, before you fold your arms together and reach for the water.


Zheng Tao’s determination brought him to London in 2012. He brought home a world record, one gold medal, one silver and two bronzes from the Paralympics Games swimming events.


Again and again he climbs the steps on the starting block, inhales and dives. His arms never hit the surface of the water. But then again, you don’t really need arms to fly.