BestOf2015-16: Fawehinmi breaks Paralympic record

July 14, 2016

By Brooke Ortale |

The UT Arlington sports year was filled with upsets, championships, buzzer-beaters and memorable performances that will go down in Maverick history.

Leading up to the 2016-17 seasons beginning with UTA volleyball in August, UTA Athletics is making sure we do not forget the accomplishments of the past season. Running from June through August, we will be counting down the top-15 moments and performances with "Best of 2015-16" features.

Moment No. 7: Fawehinmi breaks Paralympic record

On the final day of the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Lawrence, Kansas on May 28, UT Arlington track and field member Tobi Fawehinmi broke the world Paralympic record in the triple jump.

"Tobi continues to amaze us," UTA coach John Sauerhage said after the meet. "It's another incredible accomplishment for him and we are very proud to have him as a part of UTA."

Fawehinmi posted a personal-best mark of 50 feet, 11 1/2 inches (15.53) on his first attempt. His jump ranks as the fifth-best in school history, topping his previous best of 50 feet, 7/14. He was a second-team All-Conference selection after finishing third at the SBC Championship.



Representing the US, Fawehinmi will be competing in 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from Sept. 7-18.

"We are extremely proud of Tobi," 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."

Fawehinmi is making his second appearance at the Paralympic games after finishing fifth in the triple jump and 10th in the long jump in London in 2012.


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