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Paralyzed swimmer Arlen ruled ineligible for Paralympic Games

August 17, 2013 14:06 IST

Victoria Arlen The International Paralympic Committee has ruled 18-year-old paralyzed swimmer Victoria Arlen as ineligible to participate in the upcoming World Championships in Montreal, after finding that her injury might not be permanent.

According to, Arlen entered a swimming pool in 2010 and just two short years later, the Exeter (NH) High School senior had set world marks in the women's 400-meter freestyle and the 100-meter freestyle.

She even won a gold medal and set a world record in the 2012 games, the report said.

IPC Director of Media and Communications said that there was no question that Victoria had impairment at the moment but the committee found no conclusive evidence of a permanent eligible impairment.

Image: Victoria Arlen

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