FLYING WITHOUT WINGS: No hands, but what feet for Bellarmine sprinter

Vitalis11.jpgThe Courier-Journal  -- When you walk into the basement office of Bellarmine University's track and field team, you'll find Vitalis Lanshima wearing sweat pants, a T-shirt and what seems to be a perpetual smile.

It's a demeanor befitting someone who recently ran the 100-meter dash in 11.08 seconds to break the world record for a double-arm amputee.

That's not just fast for someone with a disability. It ranks second-best this season in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. According to commissioner Jim Naumovich, Lanshmia is thought to be the GLVC's only physically handicapped track athlete.

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Democrat Vitalis Lanshima Announces Candidacy for Jefferson County Clerk

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A local educator and former paralympian is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge longtime Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw in next year’s election.

Vitalis Lanshima was born in Nigeria and emigrated to the U.S. in 2002 as a student-athlete at Bellarmine University.

He announced his intentions to run Monday, and is the first declared challenger in the clerk’s race against Holsclaw, who is a Republican.

Lanshima says the county needs a clerk who will be more vocal on voting rights and other civic issues.

"The county clerk is supposed to be the chief civic advocate for this community. And we have issues that have to deal with voter disenfranchisement," he says.

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