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Evan Austin Wins First Ever Paralympic Gold Medal/Sets American Record

Tony Young

Evan Austin Wins First Ever Paralympic Gold Medal/Sets American Record

Team USA’s Evan Austin (Terre Haute, Indiana) grabbed his first-ever Paralympic gold grabbing the top spot in the men’s 50 butterfly S7 finishing in an Americas record time of 28.98.

Two-time Paralympic champion Mikaela Jenkins (Evansville, Indiana) finished seventh in 2:36.34 in the women’s 200 individual medley SM10.

Team USA concludes the Tokyo Games with 15 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 10 bronze medals. The 35 total medals are the most for swimming since winning 38 total medals in 2008.


Evan Austin

A lot people might feel pressure. I actually felt the opposite. I felt some freedom. Being a world champion, even if it's just for that day, that's the title that sticks with you. And so, on a day that I was asked to be the best in the world, I had already done that. All this stuff now is a bonus. Paralympic champion is obviously something I wanted but I just came in with the mindset that we'll see what happens. I was just excited to get the opportunity to race. I knew I was going to be in the fight, and I was going to really have a shot at being a Paralympic champion.

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

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