Townsend-Roberts Win Another Gold
Sept. 16, 2016


Roderick Townsend-Roberts earned his second gold medal of the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games Friday afternoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, earning first place in the high jump – T45/46/47 thanks to a Paralympic Record jump of 6-10.25 (2.09m). He already is the owner of the Paralympic High Jump World Record (6-11.5 / 2.12m).

Townsend-Roberts joins fellow Bronco track and field alum Barb Buchan (1974-78) as the second Bronco to earn two gold medals at the same Paralympic Games, as she also did so in 2008 after winning two golds in cycling. Due to limited records, it is unsure if there are other former Bronco Paralympic athletes who have achieved the same feat.

Townsend-Roberts passed on the first nine heights until he easily cleared his first height of 6-6.25 (1.99m). After he cleared his next height (6-7.5 / 2.02m) he had already clinched first place, but he continued in pursuit of raising his own world record.

The Bronco alumnus was unable to clear 6-11.75 (2.13m), but the victory was already well in hand.

China’s Hongjie Chen earned the silver medal and Australia’s Aaron Chatman took the bronze.

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