Mar­cus Ti­tus

San Francisco Chronicle - - PAGE 2 -

Deaf since birth, the for­mer Ari­zona swim­mer thinks he has an ad­van­tage over peo­ple who can hear every­thing go­ing on around them. “I don’t have to hear the crowd, the noises, the dis­trac­tions,” he said. “I can just fo­cus on my race.” Now, Ti­tus, 30, is on the cusp of his first Olympics. He qual­i­fied for Tues­day’s fi­nal of the 100-me­ter breast­stroke at the U.S. swim­ming tri­als in Omaha. If he can fin­ish in the top two, he’ll be headed to Rio, no doubt serv­ing as an in­spi­ra­tion to oth­ers with so-called dis­abil­i­ties. “To me, be­ing deaf is not a dis­abil­ity,” Ti­tus said. “It’s just hear­ing loss.”

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