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Kart aim back on track.

A TINY go-kart champ who was banned from racing because of his height is walking tall again after adding eight inches to his legs.

Graeme Crocker, 13, was gutted to learn his 4ft 1in frame prevented him from moving up to the next competitive age group.

The teenager, who suffers from a growth related bone disorder called achondroplasia, took drastic action.

In a desperate bid to get back behind the wheel, he embarked on an unusual bout of treatment to lengthen his short legs.

Now after a series of painful operations and 18 months of wearing heavy pins, the youngster, from Polmont, Stirlingshire, has grown eight inches.

Brave teenager Graeme now stands at 4ft 9ins-tall and will continue to grow over the next few years, allowing him to be the same height as his friends.

Once fully recovered, the kart fan will be able to compete again.

The determined youngster, who aims to join the police, said: "I have set myself a personal target of six months to be walking normal again.

"I can't wait to start using the gym at school."

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SMALL: Before op, left, pals towered over tiny Graeme; KART: Graeme had surgery
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 3, 2002
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