It would be an understatement to say Blake Leeper overcame a few obstacles on his way to the 400-meter semifinals at the 2017 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships.
No matter what happens in this evening’s race, Leeper now ranks among the best Americans in his event despite competing as a double amputee.
The 27-year-old Tennessee native, who was born without lower legs, is also rebounding from a battle with addiction that saw him suspended for two years after he tested positive for cocaine.
“This experience has been amazing,” he said in an email to The Times on Friday. “To not only to be able to compete in the outdoor nationals but to make it into the next round...