“No Humans Are Limited”: Athlete With 76% Disability Stuns Sports World With Historic Achievement in Marathon

Published 03/22/2023, 6:37 AM EDT

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Alex Roca, a remarkable athlete, and cerebral palsy sufferer, has become the first person with a 76% physical disability to complete a full marathon. He achieved the historic feat in 5 hours 50 minutes and 51 seconds. Roca created history at the Zurich Marato Barcelona marathon of 2023. Alex’s accomplishment is a living example of how incredible spirit, perseverance, and determination can help in overcoming any challenges associated with disability. Alex’s cerebral palsy affects his ability to walk and causes him to have difficulty with balance, coordination, and muscle weakness.

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Roca is suffering from a neurological disorder that affects muscle control and movement. It resulted in a range of physical and cognitive disabilities for the Spanish runner. Despite these challenges, Alex managed to complete the task in under 6 hours. The athlete has been in the news for many of his prior achievements, however, completing a full marathon was a new and significant challenge for him.

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Roca’s achievement has inspired many and is a reminder of the power of determination and hard work. SPORTbible shared a post of the same on their Instagram, and fans bombarded the comments box with applause and heartfelt wishes for the Spanish athlete. Let us look at some of the reactions.

 

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Many fans anticipated the fury of emotions Roca must be going through. A fan wrote, “Bet the guy who had 75% physical disability is punching the air right now”. The Spanish athlete set a strong example for the entire generation of athletes. An awestruck fan wrote, “How inspiring.” An inspired fan wrote, “No humans are limited” if he can do it, so can you!”. “This is what we love to read what a legend”, another commented. The news has been a massive source of positivity for people as one wrote, “The best thing on the internet today”.

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Many live spectators recalled witnessing the historic moment, “I was there. I saw him!! An absolute pleasure and nothing but respect”, a fan wrote. “I saw him during the race and stood still for a few seconds”, another fan commented.

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Loca’s achievement is not only a personal triumph but also a milestone for inclusivity and diversity in sports, as individuals with disabilities are often overlooked and underestimated. The athlete’s success shows that with the right support and attitude, anyone can achieve their goals, regardless of their physical abilities.

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Shivam Sharma

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Shivam Sharma is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, he has previously worked as a writer and an anchor for Navbharat Today, penning down and explaining issues around sports, politics, and international relations. He is an admirer of Virat Kohli for the passion that he brings to the field.
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Simar Singh Wadhwa

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