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Mikey Brannigan follows world title with Paralympic gold at age 19

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Mikey Brannigan, a 19-year-old who is perhaps the most well-known male U.S. Paralympic runner, delivered on that scrutiny by winning the T20 1500m gold in Rio on Tuesday morning.

Brannigan, who was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old and has been profiled by major media outlets in the last few years, easily won in 3:51.73, by 4.44 seconds, at the Rio Games.

Last month, Brannigan broke four minutes in the mile for the first time, ranking him No. 16 among Americans in the non-Olympic distance this year (and second among U.S. teens), according to the IAAF. Last year, he won the T20 1500m world title.

Brannigan’s mom previously said his dream was to attend and compete for a top college program, but NCAA academic and educational requirements made it difficult. He is now a professional runner with future Olympic aspirations.

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After accident, Olympian Jamie Nieto walks at his wedding

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After two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a standing back flip in April 2016, he decided to set a goal for himself. Nietro was determined to walk down the aisle at his own wedding.

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Nieto walked to the altar in front of everyone gathered at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in east San Diego – something his doctors said might not be possible.

Nieto, with some assistance, entered the church where he then married his bride, Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, exactly how he set out to – on his feet.

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Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocates shoulder in Poland (video)

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Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.

Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.

“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.

Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.

Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.

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