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Disabled athlete sets a new world record

Anthony Gotts, 32, has just become the first person in history to accomplish the 900-mile journey from Land's End to John O'Groats in a wheelchair.

The Lancashire athlete completed this huge feat in only 20 days despite an original target of 28 days, achieving a world record. Gotts pushed an incredible 50 miles a day using just arm power.

Before making history for wheelchair users, Gotts was training to enter the 2012 London Olympic trials, until he was injured so severely in a long jump competition that he eventually lost the use of both his legs due to a broken pelvis and torn muscles.

Despite his present levels of fitness, Anthony became heavily depressed after losing his athletic abilities. He said that he "went from being a top runner, aiming for the Olympic trials, to being in a wheelchair, needing carers in my house." Anthony concluded: "I was on 38 pills a day, I put on three stone in weight due to being inactive and the drugs, I felt fat, no clothes would fit me and I was on benefits."

The athlete managed to break through the barriers of his depression by joining a disabled group and regaining his mental and physical health. Since then, Gotts has been more successful than ever before, competing in the London World Marathon Championships and other races across Europe.

Anthony proves that once again, disability does not define the individual. His historical finish in the 900-mile journey raised huge amounts of money for the 53 foundation, which serves to fund and raise awareness to create more opportunities for people with disabilities.

Read more about his adventures in his wheelchair here

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