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Mikey Brannigan Wins Gold in Paralympic T20 1500 Final

American runner with autism wins gold in Rio.

American Mikey Brannigan won the T20 men’s 1500m race today at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio di Janeiro. Brannigan clocked a 55.89 final lap to distance himself from Poland’s Daniel Pek (silver in 3:56.17) and Iran’s Peyman Nasir Bazanjani (bronze in 3:56.24) to take the gold in 3:51.73.

The T20 classification is for athletes with an intellectual disability. Brannigan, who has autism, ran a 3:57.58 full mile at the Sir Walter Miler, held earlier this year in North Carolina. After a standout high school running career—which included a 4:03 mile in 2015—he started training as a member of Team USA as a Paralympic athlete. He has set numerous Paralympic records over the past several years.

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