Competing in the men’s T38 100m, Young produced a determined performance to blow away his rivals with a personal best of 10.94 seconds to take his maiden Paralympic medal.
The 21-year-old previously told Loughborough Sport how he had his sights on gold and he duly delivered on the world’s biggest stage for Para sport.
In the women’s T38 100m, Sophie Hahn powered to a brilliant gold to defend her Paralympic title. In another excellent performance, Hahn edged away from her competitors to finish in 12.43 seconds.
Hahn looked in fine form prior to the final by equalling her own world record in the heats and is now unbeaten in seven years, having never lost a 100m final.
In the same race, a spirited showing from Loughborough's Oliva Breen saw her finish sixth in 13.13 seconds.
Great Britain and Loughborough's Sophie Hahn celebrates with her gold medal won in the women's 100m - T38 final. Image provided by Alamy / PA.
"Honestly, I'm not really sure what to think. As I crossed the line, I saw the time and totally forgot about the medal to be honest," Young told Channel 4.
"I'm honestly not really sure what to think! I can't wait to get on the podium. Since I've been 12 or 13 I have wanted to be here and it's honestly unbelievable.”
Following her victory, Hahn said:
“The Colombian was on my heels and I couldn’t work out who had won. I had to look at the screen. It’s been hard work. I want to thank everyone for getting this event on.”
Earlier in the day, Loughborough-based powerlifter Mickey Yule won bronze in the men’s -72kg category.
Loughborough-linked athletes have now claimed five medals at the Paralympic Games, with Olivia Broome and Crystal Lane-Wright also making the podium.
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