11/07/2011 05:35 pm ET | Updated Jan 07, 2012

Joao Silva, Wounded New York Times Photographer, Finishes New York City Marathon

Joao Silva, the New York Times photographer who lost both his legs on the job, completed the New York City marathon on Sunday.

Silva lost both his legs when he stepped on a mine in Afghanistan last October. He chronicled the experience, which also destroyed his urethra, and his recovery at Walter Reed in a recent piece for the Times.

Silva, who raced in the handcycling division, did the marathon in less than three hours -- faster than he had been anticipating. He had planned on taking pictures along the way, but he told the newspaper that he turned his focus to racing after crossing the Verrazano Bridge. He said, "I realized that if I was going to take more pictures, I was never going to finish this race."

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