Marylanders Win Gold in Rio Paralympics

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland is once again being well-represented in Rio as athletes compete in the Paralympic games.

Baltimore’s Brad Snyder, has five Paralympic medals across two games. Our media partner, The Baltimore Sun, reports Snyder won the S11 400-meter men’s freestyle a day after taking silver in the 100 backstroke. Snyder is a former Navy swim captain who was blinded while serving in Afghanistan in 2011.

Snyder tells The Baltimore Sun the 400 is among his favorite races because it’s “where I feel most like my old self. I was a distance swimmer in college and that is the longest event we have at the Paralympics, so I feel like a distance swimmer again. I can get in my groove and keep that pace for a long time.”

Becca Meyers of Timonium took the SM13 200-meter women’s individual medley in 2:24.66. “A lot of hard work went into that race, so I’m really pleased with the outcome,” Meyers tells the Sun.

Jessica Long of Baltimore was second in the SB7 100-meter women’s breaststroke, 4.81 seconds behind fellow American Elizabeth Marks. Long’s medal was the 20th in an individual Paralympics event during her career, making her second all time among U.S. women. She has two silvers and a bronze medal in Rio.

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