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Disabled man from Venezuela finishes Chicago Marathon

40,000 runners hit the streets for this year’s Chicago Marathon.

One man in particular drew a crowd of 100 cheering supporters.

Maickel Melamed, 38, of Venezuela came last in the marathon – crossing the finish line just after 1:30 a.m. Monday.

That’s a time of 16 hours and 46 minutes.

Melamed was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, choking him, leaving him motionless and with permanent Motor Retardation.

His parents were told he would never walk, never talk and worse yet, he wouldn’t live past seven days.

But 38-years later, he speaks three different languages, has a degree in economics, has completed three marathons, climbs mountains and is a motivational speaker.

He says he hopes he can inspire others to live life to the fullest.

In an interview with WGN’s Tonya Francisco, Melamed said, “I am just a human being. If my life is useful for other people, I will feel happy because there is no more good but to be useful. But, I am a human being. Sharing their life with others.”

What’s next for Melamed? He says he plans to take on the Tokyo Marathon in February and the Boston Marathon in April.


8 Comments to “Disabled man from Venezuela finishes Chicago Marathon”

    angry said:
    October 14, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    this is such an awesome story !!

      michaelmc99 said:
      October 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      Wow…possibly the BEST STORY that WGN has had this month. Maybe Robin could get this gentleman on Skype for a short interview. You gotta keep going !

    Joyce said:
    October 14, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Such an awesome man!

    TMot said:
    October 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Bless you Sir! Made me stop my Bit***** & Moaning…

    FEDUP1967 said:
    October 14, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Congratulations on such a HUGE accomplishment! You are truly inspiring!! WELL DONE!

    esco said:
    October 14, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Excellent job Maickel, you are a bonafide inspiration. Your 'never give up' attitude is a trait many others would be wise to adopt for themselves. Truely a brave and determined man you are, worthy of the admiration and respect of others. Congratulations.. = )

    Rob said:
    October 14, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    We found Roger!

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