T&F: Fawehinmi officially named to U.S. Paralympic Team

July 3, 2016

By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, announced today the 66 athletes who will represent Team USA in track & field at the 2016 Paralympic Games. The list includes UT Arlington junior Tobi Fawehinmi.

Fawehinmi will be competing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from Sept. 7-18. It will be his second appearance at a Paralympic Games. At the 2012 London Games, Fawehinmi finished fifth in the triple jump and was 10th in the long jump.

"We are extremely proud of Tobi," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "He truly embodies the spirit of the Paralympic Games and will once again represent the United States and UTA with class and honor."

In his signature event, the triple jump, Fawehinmi holds the world record among Paralympic athletes. He set the mark with a leap of 50 feet, 11 1/2 inches (15.53m) at the 2016 NCAA West Preliminary Round.

Fawehinmi earned All- Sun Belt Conference accolades in the triple jump during the outdoor season, as he placed third in the event (50 feet, 4 inches).

For more information on the 2016 Paralympic Games, visit www.usparalympics.org.





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