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Garfield Paralympian Gears Up For Rio Games

Gianfranco Iannotta of Garfield will compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games next month in Rio.
Gianfranco Iannotta of Garfield will compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games next month in Rio. Photo Credit: Facebook

GARFIELD, N.J. — Gianfranco Iannotta of Garfield is gearing up for the 2016 Summer Paralympics beginning next week in Rio.

The Track and Field star took home 1st (200m), 2nd (400m) and 4th (100m) places several medals in the National Championships last year.

He also placed 1st (200m), 2nd (100m) and 4th (400m) at the Parapan American Games.

This year, Iannotta's goal is to make finals and medal for both of his events.

"Can't" is a word that's long been absent from the athlete's vocabulary.

"It may take a long time to accomplish a goal but if you work hard and keep trying, it'll happen," he told Daily Voice.

He stays inspired by watching other Paralympians achieve their goals.

"That makes me train harder," he said. "I might have that good time, or break that world record."

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