Deja Young wins double gold medals at Paralympic Games in Rio

Deja Young Ready For Paralympics

RIO de JANEIRO (KSNW) –  Wichita State junior Deja Young won the T47 200 meters with a time of 25:46 Friday morning to earn a second gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games for the United States. She also won gold on Sunday in the T47 100 meters.

With just over 16 months since she ran her first Paralympic event, and just two international Paralympic events on her resume, she has earned three Golds and a Silver.

Poland’s Alicja Fiodorow ran 25.61 to earn Silver and China’s Li Lu ran 26.26 for the Bronze Medal in the 200 meters.

The Mesquite, Texas native on Thursday ran the fastest T47 200 meter preliminary time (25.58) to advance to Friday morning’s final.

On Sunday, Young won the Paralympic Games Gold Medal in the T47 100 meters with a time of 12.15. On Saturday, Young won her heat and finished preliminary competition with the fastest time of 12.12 in the T47 100 meters, edging Cuba’s Yunidis Castillo, who ran the heat in 12.13.

The Wichita State All-American still holds the American Record in the T47 100 meter classification – with a time of 11.92 at the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Championship in Normal, Ill. – which is also a World Best time.

Young earned All-American honors as a freshman member of the Shockers’ 2015 4×100 meter relay team that finished 16th at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and also holds the WSU 4×100 meter relay record (44.30).

She was one of 47 athletes (30 male, 17 female), including four guides, that were named to the 2016 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Team in July following the Team Trials.  She was named to the U.S. National Team in January.

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