When Jaryd Clifford made his Paralympic debut as a fresh-faced 17-year-old at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, no one could have predicted that three years later, he would be the man to beat at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
There is no denying that Jaryd raced well in Rio – he placed seventh in the men’s 1500m T13 and men’s 5000m T13, with one of his races attracting worldwide attention for being faster than its Olympic equivalent – but his improvement since then has been astronomical.
Jaryd won a bronze medal in the men’s 1500m T13 at the 2017 World Para-athletics Championships in London, England, broke the men’s 1500m T12 world record at the 2018 Sydney Grand Prix, and became the first Paralympian to compete at the IAAF U20 World Championships when he raced the men’s 1500m in Tampere, Finland, last July. So, what changed?
One month prior to the …Read More