Double world record success for Team USA at the Paralympics as sprinter Nick Mayhugh and swimmer Mallory Weggemann BOTH record fastest ever times in their heats at Tokyo 2020
- Team USA stormed into two finals at the Tokyo Paralympics Games on Friday
- Sprinter Nick Mayhugh reached the 100m T37 final via the fastest time ever
- Mallory Weggemann bagged a new 200m individual medley SM7 world record
Team USA are leaving their mark on the record books in Tokyo, snatching two world records on Friday in qualifying heats through Nick Mayhugh and Mallory Weggemann.
The Americans are lagging behind China and GB in the medal table but on day three began find their groove, with Weggemann the first to setup a shot for gold in style at the pool.
The 32-year-old has a stack of world records to her name already, and the SM7 athlete’s time of 2:54.25 in the 200m individual medley scored the swimmer another.
Mallory Weggemann scored herself another world record in her glittering Paralympic career
Nick Mayhugh also scored a victory in his sprint heat with the fastest T37 sprinter of all-time
Weggemann, who also competed at the Paralympics in Rio five years ago, was paralyzed from the waist down at 19-years-old and initially cateogirsed in the S7 category, where he broke a set of world records.
Hours after Weggemann’s success, 100m sprinter Mayhugh followed his compatriot into the history books.
He became the first T37 athlete ever to run sub-11 seconds, flying over the line for a 10.97 time.
Weggemann was paralysed at the age of 19 and has been moved around the classifications
Mayhugh (left) stormed into the final with his record time, which could fall again in the 100m
The Team USA star is aiming for gold at the Games, and will hope to go even faster in the final on day four.
China lead the way in the early stages of the Games, with 13 golds amongst 31 medals already hoovered up by the powerhouse nation.
Team GB follow on nine golds, with USA hoping Weggemann and Mayhugh can deliver them a fourth and fifth gold.
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