A Ukrainian soldier who lost his leg in combat will be participating in the 2023 TCS London Marathon. Roman Kashpur, an active serviceman on a prosthesis and ambassador of the CYBORGs Programme of the Hromadzhyn Charitable Foundation, is determined to prove that amputation is not a limitation. His participation in the marathon is a chance to inspire others and raise funds for modern prosthetics, rehabilitation and social support programmes for people with amputations and severe injuries.
Kashpur has already achieved incredible feats, including breaking the Ukrainian record for pulling an AN-26 aircraft weighing 16 tonnes, and winning the 2021 All-Ukrainian competitions of the Games of Heroes project in various categories. He hopes to use his participation in the prestigious London Marathon to draw maximum attention to the issues faced by those who have lost limbs and to urge the world to support Ukraine in its fight against Russian terrorists.
The London Marathon is one of the most significant sporting events in the world, with a World Athletics Elite Platinum Label Race status and a membership of the Association of International Marathons. The marathon attracts around 40,000 athletes every year and has seen some of the world’s fastest marathoners participate. Kashpur’s participation in the 43rd TCS London Marathon is a testament to his resilience and a source of inspiration for many.