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Paraplegic's World Record Attempt Falls Short, But Fans Don't Care

He didn't break the Guinness handcycling record, but he's still inspiring people.


Attila Domos set out with enthusiasm and the best intentions at noon on Saturday, intending to break the world record for the most rmiles ridden on a handcycle in a 24-hour period. In the middle of the night Sunday, on Uber's Test Track in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Domos had to give up his dream.

Previous story: Paraplegic Handcyclist Goes for a World Record This Weekend

Domos' brother Csaba told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette there were several reasons they decided to abort the attempt around 3 a.m. Sunday. These included his brother's pulled shoulder, a recent urinary tract infection, and indigestion from being in the reclined seat. "There were a lot of factors that went into it," Csaba Domos told the P-G. His brother went to the hospital from the track.

Many fans were watching live through a series of Facebook Live broadcasts, including this one less than an hour before the team decided to call it quits.

Attila Domos posted a message on his Facebook page Sunday night that read, in part: "I'm sorry I let everyone down. I got old."

That lead to a flood of supportive messages from fans. "You did not let anyone down," wrote Valerie LIadis. "You are an inspiration." Robert French chimed in: "You could never have let us down. Just watching the attempt was all I wanted." Michelle Mars wrote, "I can't really put into words how much of incredible person you are, you amaze me and inspire me and so many others!"

"You helped me start to actually believe in myself too." --Michelle Mars

This morning, Domos responded with his own post thanking everyone for their support.

All of us at Sparkt wish Attila the best in your recovery and whatever you have planned next. We know whatever it is, it will make a difference in the lives of the people you touch!

(Video & Images: Attila Domos Facebook page )

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