Mikey Brannigan won the Gold medal in the 1500 meter run in Rio at the Paralympic Games on September 13, 2016! Brannigan led the race from beginning to end, winning by a huge four seconds in 3:51.73.

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Brannigan’s victory comes a month after the 19-year-old broke four minutes in the mile. At the Sir Walter Miler meet on August 5 in North Carolina, he finished seventh in 3:57.58, becoming the first person with a T20 Paralympic classification to break the 4:00 barrier. He also holds the title to the T20 Paralympic world record in the event after finishing in 3:48.85 last summer at the U.S. Paralympic national championships. Brannigan is on the run – for all the records, that is!mike-brannigan-paralympic-games-myautism-american-autism-association3

Brannigan was diagnosed with autism when he was 18 months old. Throughout his time in Northport (New York) High School Brannigan broke down barriers in the autism community and broke even more racing records. However, Brannigan was unable to compete at a university level because of the NCAA’s academic and educational requirements.

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Despite these obstacles, he now competes professionally under the New York Athletic Club and takes classes at a community college. Brannigan shared that he hopes to complete in the Olympics in 2020.

Check out the video of Brannigan’s race below, from NBC News.

 

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