Broom-Edwards wins glorious gold in Tokyo

Alumnus Jonathan Broom-Edwards won a stunning high jump gold for GB at the Paralympics as Loughborough’s medal total at the Games grew to 17.

The Aeronautical Engineering graduate recorded a season’s best 2.10m to make the podium ahead of India's Kuma Praveen in second and Maciej Lepiato of Poland in third.

The distance cleared in the T64 category was the same as the 33-year-old achieved in Rio where he only managed silver.

Now, Broom-Edwards can boast a Tokyo 2020 Loughborough gold alongside Sophie Hahn, Thomas Young, Daniel Pembroke, and Hannah Cockroft.

"I am so emotional. To just get it right at the right time, I am so relieved, elated, excited and crying my eyes out,” he said.

"I've been striving for that gold for years. They were horrible conditions so I tried to keep my cool and get it right when it counted. And I am so proud of myself.

"(Silver medallist) Praveen (Kumar) pulled out a personal best and fair play to him, that put me on the back foot.

"I had to rise above that and I am so proud that I did. 2.10m was a bit of an ugly jump but it was a season best so I am delighted."

Loughborough University has launched a new initiative for those looking to support the future of Para sport on campus. By supporting the Para Sport programme, individuals can make a profound impact to a young person’s life. To find out more and how to donate, click HERE.

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