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Heinrich Popow was about five minutes away from running in a 100-meter final at the 2012 London Paralympics when part of his prosthetic leg broke.

Facing one of the most important races of his life, the German needed a solution and needed one fast. Luckily, help was right around the corner. Ottobock, the German firm that handles repairs at the Paralympics, took Popow’s prosthetic and quickly went to work.

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