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Mikaela Jenkins & Lizzi Smith Medal Capture Gold & Silver for Team USA in Tokyo

Tony Young

Mikaela Jenkins & Lizzi Smith Medal Capture Gold & Silver for Team USA in Tokyo

Team USA’s women’s 4x100-meter medley 34-point relay team captured the team’s 11th Paralympic gold medal in swimming, while Lizzi Smith (Muncie, Indiana) added a silver medal to her career tally of three in the women’s 100m butterfly S9

To close out the ninth night of swimming, the women’s medley relay team of Hannah Aspden (Raleigh, N.C.), Mikaela Jenkins (Evansville, Indiana), Jessica Long (Baltimore, Maryland) and Morgan Stickney (Cary, N.C.), came from behind in the final leg to give the Americans their first gold medal in the event since 2004.

Lizzi Smith

My coach and I talk about the yin and yang. You’ve got to be nervous, and you’ve got to be excited. But the excited needs to lead the way and excited led the way today.

In Rio, I was terrified. I remember right before I walked out [onto the pool deck] wanting to turn around and run away. This time I was able to focus on my breathing and my tempo - I was excited, it was fun.

For full results from the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, please visit Paralympic.org.

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