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    He won the Champions League and is his country's all-time leading goal scorer, but this isn't a story about a famous footballer rather a man who has almost single-handedly transformed the fortunes of handball in his homeland. France's Jérôme Fernandez may not be a household name outside his sport, but his achievements on court put even those of his twinkle-toed compatriot Thierry Henry in the shade.

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      Human to Hero

      Human to Hero gets to the heart of what it takes to be a sporting star, exploring the discipline, dedication and determination involved, as well as the sources of inspiration for the world's best athletes.

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      The Indian discus thrower is not only a sports star but a leading women's rights campaigner. Her greatest day came in 2010 when she won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Two years later, she became the first Indian woman to reach the Olympic discus final in London. Today, she divides her time between athletics and politics, campaigning for women's equality in the home and in schools.