T&F: Fawehinmi places fifth in Rio Paralympics long jump

Sept. 14, 2016

By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com

UT Arlington senior track and field student-athlete Tobi Fawehinmi placed fifth in the long jump for Team USA at the 2016 Paralympic Games on Wednesday evening.

Fawehinmi's best jump among his six attempts was 7.01 meters (23 feet). The winning mark in the 16-person T47 classification field was 7.41 meters, while the bronze medal jump was 7.11m.

He was the second-highest finisher on Team USA, behind gold medal winner Roderick Townsend, whose mark was a new Paralympic record.

"We are incredibly proud of Tobi and all he has accomplished," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "To be able to watch him compete on that stage wearing a Team USA jersey was an experience we won't forget."

Fawehinmi, a product of Mansfield Summit High School, has an underdeveloped left arm caused by shoulder dystocia at birth. The Rio Games were 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.

The 2016 Games did not feature the triple jump, which is Fawehinmi's specialty. In May, he set the world record for Paralympic athletes with a triple jump mark of 50 feet, 11 1/2 inches (15.53m) at the 2016 NCAA West Preliminary Round.





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