US Paralympics sprint star Nick Mayhugh breaks 100m world record TWICE in a day to win gold… while swimmer Mallory Weggeman also records fastest ever time in 200m heat before going on to cruise to victory in her final on stunning day for Team USA
- Team USA stormed into two finals at the Tokyo Paralympics Games on Friday
- Sprinter Nick Mayhugh broke the T37 100m record twice en-route to gold
- 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 and a gold medal on Friday through Nick Mayhugh and Mallory Weggemann.
The Americans are lagging behind China and Great Britain in the medal table but on day three began find their groove, with Weggemann the first to set up 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.
Nick Mayhugh became the fastest T37 sprinter of all-time twice-over in the 100m on Friday
Mallory Weggemann also scored another world record in her glittering Paralympic career
Weggemann, who also competed at the Paralympics in Rio five years ago, was paralyzed from the waist down at 19-years-old and initially categorized 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 paralyzed at the age of 19 and has been moved around the classifications
Mayhugh stormed into the final with his record time, which fell again in the 100m final
Mayhugh then raised the bar even higher in the gold medal race, recording a faster time of 10.95 seconds to beat RPC sprinter Andrei Vdovin and Saptoyoga Purnomo of Indonesia.
China lead the way in the early stages of the Games, with 13 golds amongst 31 medals already hoovered up by the powerhouse nation.
Great Britain follow on nine golds, with USA hoping Weggemann and Mayhugh can deliver them a fourth and fifth gold.