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JR Martinez wins Dancing With The Stars

JR Martinez and Karina Smirnoff
Image caption JR Martinez helped dancing partner Karina Smirnoff to her first victory on the show

Iraq war veteran JR Martinez has won the 13th series of US show Dancing With The Stars.

The 28-year-old, who appeared on soap opera All My Children, beat reality star Rob Kardashian to scoop the trophy with dance partner Karina Smirnoff.

Although Kardashian beat Martinez by 113 points to 112 in the judges' vote, the viewers secured Martinez the glitterball trophy.

Talk show host Ricki Lake finished in third place.

After being named the winner, Martinez thanked voters and told Smirnoff: "You are amazing and I'm so grateful that I was able to be a part of your first mirror ball trophy."

Martinez and Kardashian performed a final samba to Ricky Martin's Shake Your Bon Bon, with the judges awarding both performances perfect scores.

"For one of you, that was your victory dance, but I think both of you are winners," judge Carrie Ann Inaba said. "That was a great way to end this season."

Martinez wowed the judges throughout the 10-week competition and overcame an injured ankle in the final weeks of the series.

Host Tom Bergeron called the veteran an inspiration to the audience.

Martinez was serving in Iraq in 2003 when the US Army vehicle he was driving hit a landmine.

He suffered severe burns over 40% of his body and had dozens of operations during his three-year recovery.

He then answered an open casting call in 2008 and won a role on the now defunct soap opera All My Children.

The two-hour finale show also included appearances by this season's former contestants including actor David Arquette, singer Chynna Phillips and activist Chaz Bono, son of singer Cher.

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