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Former BSU track athlete Townsend-Roberts wins gold at Paralympics

Roderick Townsend-Roberts
Roderick Townsend-Roberts Boise State

Roderick Townsend-Roberts won the long jump (T45/46/47) Wednesday at the Rio Games, setting a Paralympic record with 24 feet, 3.75 inches.

China’s Hao Wang took silver, and France’s Arnaud Assoumani — the world record holder — claimed the bronze.

Prior to representing the United States at the Paralympics, Townsend-Roberts excelled as a multi-event athlete with the Broncos.

Townsend-Roberts is the second Boise State alumnus in school history to win Paralympic gold. He joins former track and field athlete Barb Buchan (1974-78), who claimed two gold medals in cycling at the 2008 Summer Paralympics.

Townsend-Roberts will participate in the high jump, the last of this three events in Rio, at 3:18 p.m. MT Friday. On Sunday, he placed fifth in the 100 meters.