ROMEOVILLE – Former Lewis University All-American and National Champion Isaac Jean-Paul won bronze for Team USA in the T13 long jump last Friday (Sept. 3) at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
He jumped 6.63 meters (21’75”) in his first attempt, scratched in his second attempt, he jumped 6.58 meters (21’6″) in his third attempt to qualify for finals. In the finals he saved his best jump for last as he jumped 6.93 meters (22’7″) in his final attempt to edge Great Britain’s Zak Skinner for the bronze.
Jean-Paul also competed in the T13 100 meters and placed fourth overall in the event with a time of 10.83 seconds.
Jean-Paul competed as a T13 athlete, as someone who has a visual impairment, because he has been diagnosed with macular degeneration in both eyes.
The Gurnee, Ill., native was a five-time All-American for Lewis in the high jump from 2014-16, including a national championship at the 2015 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.