Fil-Am wins 2 gold medals in London Paralympics

By Balitang America Staff

Posted at Sep 05 2012 11:52 AM | Updated as of Sep 06 2012 11:08 PM

REDWOOD, California - Filipino-American athlete Raymond Martin bagged two Olympic medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games over the weekend.

The 18-year-old Martin struck gold in the men's T-52 100 meters where he raced to the finish line in 17.02 seconds to win the first US Paralympic track and field's gold in the Games on Sunday.

In the men's T-52 400 meters race, Martin crossed the finish line in 58.54 seconds beating Japan to win his second gold Monday.

Martin has two more races to go this week.

The track and field athlete was born with a congenital deformity called Freeman Sheldon Syndrome.

He was in preschool when he learned to race in his wheelchair. At age 7, he was already competing at the National Junior Disability Championship.

Martin was also one of the nominees under the category “Best Male Athlete with Disability” in ESPN’s 2012 ESPY awards.

“It’s a huge deal, it just means that all my hard work is paying off and I’m just really excited about all of it,” he said. With a report from Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau