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Boston Marathon bombing survivor falls to her knees as she finishes race two years later

She fell to her knees as she finally crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon - two years later. 

Rebekah Gregory had to have her leg amputated in 2013, after she was injured in the blasts that rocked the Boston Marathon that year. 

But losing half her leg didn't crush her determination to finish the race.

 

 

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7

A photo posted by Rebekah Gregory (@rebekahbstrong) on Apr 20, 2015 at 1:20pm PDT

 

In April 2013, Gregory was at the finishing line when a bomb exploded. She said that she was "laying on the pavement fighting for (her) life".

Gregory also said that she thought she would die right there on the pavement.

Fortunately, she survived, but doctors amputated her leg last November after several operations weren't successful. 

On April 21, she ran 42km with her good leg and a prosthetic.

Gregory said: "I'm just going to keep going because there's no stopping me."

She wrote on Facebook: "This is the day... I take my life back."

 

 

This is the day....I take my life back.

Posted by Rebekah Gregory DiMartino's New Day New Hope on Monday, 20 April 2015

 

Gregory, who trained an hour a day, five days a week, said that it was tough, and she doubted her ability to finish after twisting her knee after encountering a pothole. But she remembered her promise to herself.

She said: "When I was able to see the finish line, I knew I had to finish.

"I had made a promise to myself and that's what I did."

She told ESPN: "I took my life back today. I want people to know that there's life after bad things that happen to you. And if I can be someone's hope or inspiration, that's what I want to do."

Sources: ESPN, ABC News

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