RIO de JANEIRO – Wichita State junior Deja Young won the Gold Medal in the T47 100 meters with a time of 12.15 at the 2016 Paralympic Games Sunday afternoon.
“What really got me was hearing the national anthem before I ran It’s 9/11 and a really important day for us [as a country],” Young said. “I just wanted to be able to hear that national anthem again with me on the podium. It just means a lot to be able to honor those who lost their lives today.”
The Wichita State All-American still holds the American Record in the T47 classification, which is also a World Best time (11.92), which she ran at the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Championship in Normal, Ill.
One of Kansas’ most inspiring athletes, Liz Willis out of the Augusta area is aiming for a medal in the 400 meter. Willis lost her left leg below the knee several year’s ago. She’ll compete in the finals in Rio on Monday.
Meanwhile, Wichita State tennis coach Nick Taylor won his first round singles match in Rio before losing to the world’s number one player Dylan Alcott over the weekend. However, Taylor and his partner David Wagner advanced to the Gold Medal doubles match in Rio. They’re going for their fourth straight gold medal.