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No handicap: Deaf swimmer finishes 6th in trials race



- Associated PressMark_Titus
June 27, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - When Marcus Titus is gliding through the water, his head bobbing up and down, he doesn’t hear the roar of the crowd.

Or anything else, for that matter.

Deaf since birth, Titus swims in a quiet isolation that he believes actually gives him an edge over those in the other lanes, who can hear everything going on around them.

“I don’t have to hear the crowd, the noises, the distractions,” Titus said. “I can just focus on my race.”

Now, Titus is serving as an inspiration to others with so-called disabilities. He made it all the way to the 100-meter breaststroke final at the U.S. swimming trials, but finished sixth Monday night to fall short of his first Olympics at age 30.

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