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Israelis You Should Know: Eitan Hermon

Eitan Hermon in hospital bed, 2006 (Photo: Moshe Milner/GPO)

This week, Israel - and those who stand for her - remembered the more than 23,000 Israelis who have fallen defending the Jewish state. But we also paid tribute to those who have returned from war with injuries that will follow them for the rest of their lives. The Jerusalem Post's Allon Sinai tells us about one such IDF veteran - Eitan Hermon - who has not let losing a leg during the Second Lebanon War hinder him. This past week, the determined vet set a new world record in the marathon:

Israel’s Eitan Hermon set a world record in the marathon for single-leg amputee runners on Sunday, clocking a time of 2:56.53 hours in Vienna, Austria.

Hermon, who lost a leg in the 2006 war in Lebanon during his service as an IDF reserve, is a T42 athlete, which means he competes with one prosthetic leg.

He finished in first place in the IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships at the London Marathon two years ago and broke the world record he had been chasing for years in his 16th attempt on Sunday.

Hermon had already held an unofficial world record over 10km and the second fastest single-amputee marathon time.

Hermon spent six weeks in hospital after the armored vehicle he was riding hit a roadside IED in the summer of 2006. After eight months, he decided to have his leg amputated below the knee so he could run with a prosthetic leg due the excruciating pain he was suffering from.

“Running was something I had done my whole life and this was the way for me to get back to what I was,” he said...

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