More Track and Field Paralympians


Michael Brannigan. Classification: T20 (autism). Won gold medal at 2016 Paralympics in the 1500m. Also has earned three gold medals in World Championship meets (two in 1500m, one in 800m).

David Brown. Classification: T11 (vision impairment). Won gold in the 100m in 2016 at the Rio Paralympics and holds the world and Paralympic records in that event. Tokyo Games will be his third Paralympic appearance.

Breanna Clark. Classification: T20 (autism). Took gold in 400m at Rio Paralympic in 2016, and at the two most recent World Championship meets. Set a world record in the 400 in 2018. Her mother won an Olympic silver medal in the 400m in 1976.

Elizabeth Corso. Classification: T13 (vision impairment). First-time Paralympian. Will run NCAA Division I track at Lipscomb University. Also competes in Nordic skiing.

Kym Crosby. Classification: T13 (vision impairment). Won bronze medal in 100m at Rio in 2016, and finished fourth in 400m. Has six World Championship medals (two silver, four bronze) in the 100m and 200m. Married to teammate Erik Hightower.

Hannah Dederick. Classification: T54 (spina bifida). First-time Paralympian in wheelchair track. Competed in the 2019 World Championships at just 16 years old. Won eight gold medals in World Para Athletics Junior competition.

Lex Gillette. Classification: T11/F11 (visual impairment). Will compete in his fifth Paralympics in Tokyo. Won silver in long jump at each of the last four Paralympic Games, dating back to 2004. Also has nine medals (four gold) in World Championship competition.

Joel Gomez. Classification: T13 (visual impairment). First-time Paralympian. Won two gold (400m and 1500m) at 2019 World Para Athletics Junior Championships. Strongest event is 1500m.

Alexa Halko. Classification: T34 (cerebral palsy). Was youngest US athlete in any sport to compete in Rio Paralympics. Won two silver medals (400m, 800m) and one bronze (100m) in Rio. Also holds seven World Championship medals.

Erik Hightower. Classification: T54 (spina bifida). Competing in third Paralympics, after previous appearances in 2008 and 2016. Married to teammate Kym Crosby.

Yen Hoang. Classification: T53 (spinal cord injury). First-time Paralympian. Competed in wheelchair track at University of Illinois.

Eva Houston. Classification: T34 (cerebral palsy). First-time Paralympian.

Gianfranco Iannotta. Classification: T52 (spina bifida). Won two medals at Rio in 2016 (gold in 100m, bronze in 400m). Also has won four medals (two silver, two bronze) in World Championship competition.

Isaac Jean-Paul. Classification: T13 (visual impairment). Late bloomer who made international parasports debut in 2017 at age 24. Has three World Championship medals (one gold) in high jump and long jump.

Erin Kerkhoff. Classification: T13 (visual impairment). First-time Paralympian. Competes in NCAA Division I track for the University of Northern Iowa.

Hagan Landry. Classification: F40 (short stature). Competing in his first Paralympics. Shotput specialist finished fourth in the event at 2019 Worlds in Dubai.

Kelsey LeFevour. Classification: T53 (spinal injuries). Has competed in one prior Paralympics (2016) and four World Championship meets. Seeking a Ph.D. in sport management at University of Illinois.

Cheri Madsen. Classification: T54 (paraplegia). Has appeared in three previous Paralympic Games (1996, 2000, and 2016) and won eight medals (two gold). Won a bronze medal in the 100m at the most recent World Championship meet in 2019.

Noah Malone. Classification: T12 (visual impairment). First-time Paralympian and relative newcomer to international competition. Was part of four-person relay team that won gold in universal 4×100 at 2019 World Championships.

Raymond Martin. Classification: T52 (arthrogryposis). Competing in his third Paralympics. Has won six gold medals at five separate distances (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, and 1500m). Also owns 10 gold medals in World Championship competition.

Brittni Mason. Classification: T47 (Erb’s palsy). Competing in her first Paralympic Games. Ran able-body track at NCCA Division I, then took up parasports in 2019. Won gold in the 100m at the most recent World Championship meet (2019).

Nick Mayhugh. Classification: T37 (range of motion impairment). First-time Paralympian in track and field, after competing in football (soccer) at two previous Paralympics. Set world record in 100m at US Trials in June 2021.

Chelsea McClammer. Classification: T53 (spinal injury). Has three Paralympic medals (two silver, one bronze) in two prior appearances (2008, 2016). Distance specialist excels in 1500m and 5000m events.

Tatyana McFadden. Classification: T54 (spina bifida). One of greatest US Paralympians ever, attending her sixth Paralympics and seeking to add to 17-medal career haul. Has medaled at every Paralympics since 2004 and won four gold medals at 2016 Rio Games.

Amanda McGrory. Classification: T54 (spinal cord injury). Participating in her fourth Paralympics. Has seven career medals (one gold, three silver, three bronze) along with 13 career medals in World Championship competition.

Cassie Mitchell. Classification: F51/T51 (neuromyelitis optica). Has competed in two prior Paralympics, with medals in discus (silver) and club throw (bronze). Also has competed in swimming and wheelchair racing. Holds 4 gold medals in World Championship competition.

Justin Phongsavanh. Classification: F54 (spinal cord injury). First-time Paralympian specializing in the javelin. Finished fourth at the 2019 World Championships.

Aaron Pike. Classification: T54 (spinal cord injury). Attending his third Summer Paralympics and will compete in four disciplines, including the marathon. Also has competed in two Winter Paralympic Games as a Nordic skier.

Isaiah Rigo. Classification: T52 (arthrogryposis). First-time Paralympian excels at both the 400 and 1500 meter distances. Won four Washington state titles in cross-country and a national title in wheelchair basketball.

Jaleen Roberts. Classification: T37 (cerebral palsy). Competing in her first Paralympics after two appearances (five medals) in World Championship meets. Has won silver in the long jump at the last two World Championships.

Daniel Romanchuk. Classification: T54 (spina bifida). Highly respected role model is appearing in his second Paralympics, seeking his first medals. Is the reigning World Championship gold medalist in 800 and 1500 meters.

Rayven Sample. Classification: T45 (arthrogryposis). Making his Paralympics debut after years of competing in able-bodied track meets. Currently runs NCAA Division I track for Bucknell University.

Susannah Scaroni. Classification: T54 (spinal cord injuries). Qualified for her third straight Paralympics in the marathon, and will compete for the first time in the 1500m and 5000m races. Seeking her first podium finish.

Scot Severn. Classification: F53 (spinal cord injuries). Shotput specialist is appearing in his fourth consecutive Paralympics. Won bronze in 2012, silver in 2016 . . . . gold in 2020? Also holds four silver medals in World Championship competition.

Brian Siemann. Classification: T53 (congenital spinal cord injuries). Just missed the podium at the Rio Games in the 800m and 400m races. Also competed at London in 2012.

Roderick Townsend. Classification: T47 (nerve damage). Won gold medals in both the high jump and long jump at Rio in 2016. Former world-record holder in the high jump, and still holds the US record in his classification.

Dallas Wise. Classification: T47 (Erb’s palsy). Finished first in both the high jump and long jump at the US National Trials in June. First-time Paralympian.

Deja Young. Classification: T47 (shoulder dystocia). Won gold medals in both the 100m and 200m sprints at the 2016 Rio Games. Broke the world record in the 100m in 2019 for her classification.