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Grewe takes gold in Tokyo

| Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Former Irish track and field athlete Sam Grewe ’21 took home the gold medal in the Men’s T63 Paralympic high jump in Tokyo on Tuesday.

At 23, the American Paralympian has already won two world championships: a Pan American gold medal and a Paralympic silver medal. He also holds the world record for T63 high jump at 1.90m.

To earn the gold, and add it to his impressive collection, he cleared 1.88m — roughly 6’2”.

Grewe cleared the first several heights without a problem but had his first miss at 1.86m when he knocked the bar on his first jump. He cleared it on his second but then missed his first two attempts at 1.88m. Mariyappan Thangavelu, 2016 champion, missed on all three jumps at 1.88m. On his last attempt, Grewe finally cleared it despite his feet splashing through puddles for his entire approach.

Grewe will now turn his attention back to his schooling as he begins his first year of medical school at the University of Michigan; however, he has discussed the possibility of returning to the Paralympic stage for the Paris games in 2024.

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