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This Marine hoisting an American flag is inspiring everyone at the Boston Marathon

Jose Sanchez crossed the finish line of the 121st Boston Marathon.
Jose Sanchez crossed the finish line of the 121st Boston Marathon. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

There’s no shortage of inspiring athletes participating in the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday.

But one runner in particular drew a large number of cheers on the course and posts to social media: a bearded runner holding an American flag.

That man is Staff Sergeant Jose Luis Sanchez, a Marine who lost the lower part of his left leg after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan in 2011. He ran his first marathon in 2015 in Washington D.C., and finished last year’s Boston Marathon in just under six hours

Retired US Marine Jose Luiz Sanchez who was critically wounded and lost a leg in hostile fire in Afghanistan ran in the Boston Marathon, on team Semper Fi.
Retired US Marine Jose Luiz Sanchez who was critically wounded and lost a leg in hostile fire in Afghanistan ran in the Boston Marathon, on team Semper Fi.

Sanchez is running this year’s race as part of Team Semper Fi, and is fundraising for the Semper Fi Fund, which is dedicated to providing “immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families.”

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Jose Sanchez was greeted after crossing the finish line.
Jose Sanchez was greeted after crossing the finish line.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/Globe Staff