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Blind girl pole vaulter 1 of best in Texas

Updated: May 10, 2013, 8:38 PM ET
Associated Press

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By JIM VERTUNO

AP Sports Writer

AUSTIN, Texas -- To see the world as 15-year-old Charlotte Brown does, imagine looking through a tiny straw. Strip away all color and depth perception from the pinhole view and use a right eye that can't distinguish shape from shadow.

Now run about 80 feet, counting seven steps with your left foot before planting a nearly 13-foot pole in the ground to launch your body a dozen feet into the air.

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