San Diego athlete is first above-the-knee bilateral amputee to complete Ironman World Championship

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego athlete, Roderick Sewell, became the first above-the-knee bilateral amputee to complete the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.

The 27-year-old San Diego native stopped by Good Morning San Diego to talk about the race and how the Challenged Athletes Foundation helped prepare him.

The triathlon involved him completing a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-bike race using a kneeler-style handcycle provided by Challenged Athletes and a 26.2-mile marathon on running blades.

Roderick Sewell was born with a congenital issue and had both legs amputated below the knee before he was two years old.

Swell’s mother’s job didn’t provide the insurance she needed to get Roderick a set of legs. “To get legs for her son-believe it or not- his mother had to quit her job and become homeless,” said Co-Founder Challenged Athletes Foundation,  Bob Babbitt.

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