Overcome tragedy to become Kenya’s first female rower at Tokyo Paralympic Games

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At just two years old, Mohammed lost both his legs and several fingers in a tragic train accident. Throughout her childhood, she struggled to accept herself, she told CNN, but sports ultimately helped her “explore … my full potential.”

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At 17, she competed in her first international sporting event, a wheelchair marathon. Since then, Mohammed has achieved incredible physical feats on the track, on the tennis court and now on the water.

The 29-year-old started rowing in 2018. Just three years later, she made history by competing in PR1 rowing at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
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“If in your mind you think you are disabled then you are. If in your mind you think you are capable you can do anything,” she said. “It’s all the way you see yourself.”

Watch the video at the top of this page to learn more about Mohammed’s story.

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