Mikey Brannigan Sets Paralympic World Record in the 1500

This past weekend was a busy one for senior Mikey Brannigan from Northport in New York. The U.S. No. 1 ranked runner in the 3200 ran the 2 mile at Brooks PR in Seattle, Washington on Saturday. He took the field out and led for a majority of the race, but ultimately he fell back to finish 12th with a time of 9:00.59.

However, he quickly had to shake that performance off. Just a few hours after his race, Brannigan was on a plane to Minnesota to compete in the U.S. Paralympic Track and Field National Championships in St. Paul. There the high school senior set the T20 Paralympic 1500 meter world record with his winning time of 3:48.85. The T20 category is for athletes with with intellectual impairments.

Brannigan's record time shattered the previous mark of 3:54.07 and puts him at No. 6 all time in the state of New York. This record also puts him in serious gold medal contention for the Paralympics Games next year in Rio De Janeiro.