He dreamed of it, and he did it. An American high school boy, born without legs, won a wrestling championship. A first gold medal for those who fight against able-bodied athletes.
Adonis Lattimore, 17, was born without a right leg and with a partial left leg. However, despite his handicap which has followed him since birth, the young man won first place in the weight category of less than 50kg during a wrestling championship. “I dreamed about it,” Adonis told the media. “That this is finally happening, it’s just… I don’t know how to explain it!” For him, it is a certainty: “If you work hard, you can do anything. Even win a wrestling championship without legs.” He is the proof.
Born without legs, he fights against fully able-bodied wrestlers
Adonis’ coach, James Sanderlin, was filled with pride after the game. “It’s incredible. He did all the work, I only did part of the trip,” he said, highlighting the young man. “It’s an amazing feeling to watch him do it and have the support of the crowd. It was awesome. He’s a hard working young man. I’m just speechless.” It had been 4 years since Adonis dreamed of getting there. He started wrestling as a child, and sometimes lost confidence when defeats followed. Indeed, it is not always easy for the young man to fight against opponents with both lower limbs. But today, after winning the gold medal, he is more than motivated and intends to continue the matches for a long time. Around him, everyone is unanimous. “Everyone knows Adonis. Everyone loves him,” says a former school friend. “I think a lot of that is because he has a great personality. He’s always smiling.”