The Team USA athlete has broken the world record for the T37 100m dash in the Paralympics, winning the gold medal. People wanted to know what Nick Mayhugh’s disability is, and what the meaning of a T37 athlete is in the Paralympics.
Nick Mayhugh breaks world record in heats
T37 athlete Nick Mayhugh ran himself into the record books in the 100m qualifying heat on Friday.
The Team USA runner became the first T37 athlete ever to run sub-11 seconds, speeding over the line for in 10.97s.
T37 athlete wins gold with another world record
Later on Friday, Mayhugh won the gold medal in the T37 100m.
He zoomed to gold in a time of 10.95s, setting another new world record just hours after the first.
What is Nick Mayhugh’s disability?
The sprinter was born in Fairfax, Virginia, and was raised in Gainesville.
He is 25-years-old.
Nick Mayhugh was born with cerebral palsy after having a stroke in utero.
On his website, it says, ‘ever since he can remember, Nick has had a numbing feeling along the left side of his body.’
Mayhugh says: “My doctors and family were unaware of the numbness and side effects I was experiencing until we later learned that it was the result of a stroke that occurred in utero.
“In 2010, I suffered a grand mal seizure, biting through both sides of my tongue and was rushed to the hospital for tests and scans, which ultimately led to the discovery of a dead spot on the right side of my brain. All the dots started to connect from the symptoms I had experienced earlier in my childhood.
“I was finally given an explanation for my norm. The stroke created the dead spot which is responsible for the lack of feeling, motor movement, and sensation mainly in my left arm, hand, and leg. It was then that I was formally diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.”
Nick had a successful four-year soccer career at Radford University, but switched allegiances to track for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
What is T37 in the Paralympics?
Nick has excelled at sprinting, specifically in the 100m and 200m dash.
Mayhugh is the T37 American record holder in the 100 meter and 200 meter dash. He’s also ranked number 1 in the world, and now, he’s the world record holder in the 100m.
T37 athletes in the Paralympics mostly includes people who have cerebral palsy, or who have had a stroke or traumatic brain injury.
T37 athletes have moderate hypertonia, ataxia or athetosis in one half of the body.
The other side of the body may be minimally affected but always demonstrates good functional ability in running.
Arm action is asymmetrical, and some trunk asymmetry is usually evident.