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Paralympian Tobi Fawehinmi takes silver in triple jump at UIL state track and field meet
AUSTIN — Tobi Fawehinmi scratched on his first attempt in the Class 4A triple jump at the UIL state track and field meet Friday.
His second jump, though, was a dream come true.
Fawehinmi, a paralympian with an underdeveloped left arm, took the silver medal with a jump of 47 feet, 41/2 inches.
“Usually my first jump is my best jump, but I couldn’t get it,” the Mansfield Summit senior said. “Coming back I tried to pick it up and just finish as hard as I could. It turned out well. I knew it was a good jump.”
Fawehinmi was the youngest male to make the U.S. Paralympic team and finished fifth in the triple jump in London last summer. His underdeveloped left arm is the result of shoulder dystocia, which occurs when the shoulder gets stuck during childbirth.
He won district as a junior in the triple jump and came within inches of qualifying for state. He’d never experienced a state meet until Friday.
“This is the best feeling I’ve had in awhile,” he said. “State is something I’ve wanted to experience since my freshman year in track. Being able to get on the podium, I’m beyond happy.”
Beaumont Ozen’s Jakobi Jones took gold with a jump of 48-31/4. Keandre Bates of El Paso Burges took bronze with a 47-41/2 on his final jump.
Fawehinmi said he will head to the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships in San Antonio in June, then compete in the world championships one month later in Paris.
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