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Paralympian on bike for first time since tumour surgery

David Smith on bike Image copyright David Smith
Image caption Smith has posted a message to social media sites of himself back on a bike

Paralympian David Smith has been on a bike for the first time since having life-saving surgery on a back tumour.

In posts to social media sites, the 37-year-old from Aviemore said it was "fun" to be back on a bicycle for the first time in 16 weeks.

The athlete was able to push the pedals on a bike mounted in a fixed position on an indoor turbo trainer.

After the surgery, Smith had been temporarily paralysed on the left side of his body.

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Image caption David Smith had hoped to be part of this year's Rio Games

Smith, who won a rowing gold at the London Paralympics, had hoped to be part of the Great Britain Para-cycling team at the Rio Games this summer.

However, the need to have another operation ended his dream.

The tumour was just 8mm (0.3in) from his spine. If left, there was a risk it would crush his spinal cord and stop him breathing.

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