RIO DE JANEIRO--Bronco alumnus Roderick Townsend-Roberts, competing for the United States, captured the gold medal in the T45/46/47 long jump at the Paralympic Games this afternoon with a Paralympics record of 7.41 meters. Hao Wang of China was second with a jump of 7.30 while Arnaud Assoumani took the bronze with a mark of 7.11.
The athletes at the Paralympic Games are classified based on their disability--a T45 disability applies to those with double above or below the elbow amputations.
Townsend-Roberts earned All-Mountain West Conference honors for Boise State when he finished third in the heptathlon at the 2013 MW Championships (5,028 points) and again in 2014 when he captured second in the high jump.
Townsend-Roberts, who was fifth in the 100-meter dash on Sunday, will also compete in the high jump Friday.
BroncoCountry.com will post a video of the final when available.