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Illini frosh Martin wins second Paralympic gold

Illini frosh Martin wins second Paralympic gold
Illini freshman Raymond Martin celebrates his Paralympic 400 meter win Monday. (Michael Steele/ Getty Images)

University of Illinois freshman Raymond Martin won his second Paralympics gold medal Monday afternoon.

Martin rolled to victory in the wheelchair 400 at London's Olympic Stadium with a time of 58.54 seconds.  Tomoya Ito of Japan was second in 1:00.4

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The 18-year-old Martin, from Jersey City, N.J., had won the 100 meters Sunday.

"The 100 is not my best, to be golden is unbelievable," Martin said after that race.

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According to an Aug. 28 story in the Jersey Journal, Martin has a congenital disorder known as arthrogryposis.  It affects joint flexibility from his ankles to his neck.

The newspaper said he has been through 17 surgeries, ranging from hernia repair to deep sinus cleansing.

He competes in the T54 classification, which covers athletes with partial trunk and leg function.

Martin also will race in the 200 and 800 later this week.

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