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Richard Browne Wins Silver at Paralympics

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IRVINE, CA -- Freedom Innovations LLC, a developer of lower-limb prosthetic medical devices, announced Sept. 10 that Richard Browne won the silver medal in the 100-meter race for T44 below-the-knee amputees at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Browne was the first athlete to use Freedom Innovations' Catapult® Running Foot at a Paralympic Games.

Browne was considered a new name on the ticket, racing against 100-meter favorites such as world-record holder Jonnie Peacock and defending Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, the South African amputee sprinter who controversially competed in the 2012 able-bodied Olympic Games.

Browne won the silver with a time of 11.03 seconds.

A below-the-knee amputee due to a traumatic accident in 2009, Browne attributes much of his success to prosthetist Brett Lee, CP, of ProCare Prosthetics in Jackson, MS, and prosthetic manufacturer Freedom Innovations, developer of the Catapult Running Foot he used to compete in the games.

"The Catapult design is completely different than what my competitors use," he said. "The shape of the carbon-fiber blade is designed to provide up to 30% more energy return and it directs that energy in a more forward motion down the track. This design has helped me to shave off time throughout the year and ultimately propelled me to a silver medal for Team USA."

Freedom Innovations products include the Plie® 2.0 MPC Knee and the Renegade® Prosthetic Foot. Visit www.freedom-innovations.com

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