A former University of Georgia student is making an international name for himself. Jarryd Wallace is about to chase his biggest challenge yet - a spot on the U.S. track and field team at the Paralympics in London.
CBS Atlanta News caught up with Wallace as he trained on the UGA track. He was running one of his final workouts before competing at the U.S. Paralympics next weekend.
"Two years ago tomorrow, I lost my leg and to fast forward to today and be here - it's crazy," Wallace said.
Several years ago, Wallace had surgery for a running injury, but there were complications. He was forced to make the decision to amputate his right leg below the knee or live in pain.
"A tragedy to triumph story," Wallace said.
Ross Ridgewell ran with Wallace at UGA before the amputation.
"He's much happier and so many doors have been opened," Ridgewell said.
He now coaches Wallace, who started running as an amputee last year.
"Just impressed and in awe of what he was able to do so soon after his surgery, but now there's no real surprise," Ridgewell said.
Wallace said he never regrets his decision. He credits his faith for where he is now. It's a message he wears on a bracelet and wants to spread.
"I gave up my leg in faith, and my mission is 'I run for him,'" Wallace said.
In one year, Wallace became one of the fastest below-the-knee-amputee runners in the world. He plans to compete in the 100, 200 and 400 at the U.S. Paralympics.
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