Digby finishes 5th in 200 final at Paralympic Games
RIO DE JANEIRO – Otsego graduate AJ Digby finished fifth in the 200 meter final during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday evening.
Digby ran a personal-best time of 21.93 in the event. His previous personal best was 21.99 during the Paralympic Trials in earlier this summer.
“It was a very great atmosphere,” Digby said after the race. “It’s nice to say that we finally made the Olympics. To be able to represent this country and event get a top-5 placing is amazing.
“At 18 years old, to run a PR at this type of event with these type of competitors is amazing,” he added.
Liam Malone, of New Zealand, won the event in 21.06, and American Hunter Woodhall was second in 21.12. David Behre, of Germany, was third in 21.41, and Johannes Floors, also of Germany, was fourth in 21.81.
“We came out and did what we wanted,” Digby said. “We PR’d and we made this team. That was our first two goals. Anything else was a bonus.”
Digby still has the 400 meter on his schedule. He will run in the prelims Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. His best 400 time of 47.98 ranked second in the world entering the games.