Sept. 8, 2016
By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas (Sept. 8, 2016) - UT Arlington senior Tobi Fawehinmi, the world record holder in the triple jump for Paralympic athletes, will be competing next week for Team USA at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
On Wednesday (Sept. 14) he will take part in the T47 classification of the men's long jump. It is scheduled to begin at 4:23 p.m. (CT). Live coverage of the Paralympic Games can be seen on the NBC Sports Network, and live video streaming is also available on TeamUSA.org.
"To have Tobi represent the United States as a UTA Maverick is truly incredible," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "He is an inspiration to everyone he meets and we can't wait to cheer him on."
Fawehinmi, a product of Mansfield Summit High School, has an underdeveloped left arm caused by shoulder dystocia at birth. The Rio Games are Fawehinmi's second lifetime Paralympic Games. At the 2012 London Games, he finished fifth in the triple jump and was 10th in the long jump.
At the 2015 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships, Fawehinmi won a gold medal in the triple jump and grabbed silver in the long jump. He also won a silver medal in the long jump at the 2013 World Championships.
Four months ago, Fawehinmi set the world record with a triple jump mark of 50 feet, 11 1/2 inches (15.53m) at the 2016 NCAA West Preliminary Round. He earned All-Sun Belt Conference accolades in the triple jump during the indoor and outdoor seasons.
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