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Natalie du Toit came 16th in the women's 10K marathon swim at the Olympics - 1.22 behind the gold medalist Larissa Ilchenko of Russia.So what, I hear some of you say; look at what Michael Phelps did. I was, and continue to be enthralled by Phelps' achievements, but I'm equally inspired by du Toit. The South African swimmer had her left leg amputated at the knee as a result of a car crash in 2001 when she was training for the 2004 Games.She wasn't a distance swimmer, but started training for the swim marathon a year ago in pursuit of her Olympic dream.The (recorded) race will be shown on TV tonight, and I will watch it with awe.Du Toit will compete in the Paralmypics at the shorter distances. She decided to swim in the Beijing Games because the Paralympics don't have the marathon 10K swim.I still wonder how and why some people succumb to horrific challenges in their lives while others rise above them like duToit?