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Nader el Masri inspires old school
Nader el Masri was the only athlete from the Gaza Strip, and one of only four athletes who represented Palestine, at the Beijing Olympics.
At London 2012, he's looking to improve on his 13th place finish in the 5,000 metre heat.
* The International Olympic Committee recognises the National Olympic Committee of Palestine.
Nader visiting Beit Hanoun School in 2010
Nader el Masri is a good example to the kids. He is their hope and future
Saoud Hamed, Sports and Arabic teacher
Beit Hanoun Preparatory School for Boys
It was here that Nader's talents were first spotted by his sports teacher, Saoud Hamed.
At 14, Nader won a 1500 metre race through the streets of Beit Hanoun by 100 metres. Mr Hamed immediately realised Nader's potential. "It was very clear he was talented and fit. I had high hopes for him," he said.
Nader often goes back to his old school and our Middle East Correspondent, Tim Franks, has visited the school to find out how Nader inspires the pupils. Keep checking back here to see the footage.
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