"I knew that it was better than my throws before it, but it was weird because I didn't try to throw that far," said Leon. "I had fouled on the earlier throw, so I was concentrating more on technique to ensure I got a flag posted. I let it go and it felt really easy and smooth, and that was the world record mark. I have to thank the Lakeshore Foundation for helping to make this possible. Without the resources they have given me, coupled with my hard work and training, there's no way this would have been possible."
Leon currently lives and trains at the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Ala., an Olympic and Paralympic Training Site.
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