TOKYO (August 27, 2021) – At 29 years old, Team Toyota athlete Jessica Long won her 24th Paralympic medal at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Friday, August 27.
Long, one of the most decorated Paralympians in the United States, added to her list of accomplishments by earning a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke S8 with a time of 1:18.55. The five-time Paralympian now has 24 medals, including 13 golds, since competing in her first Paralympic Games at the age of 12.
“I feel really good,” said Long to U.S. Paralympics Swimming. “It’s number 24, and that was the goal. It’s been a long journey and gaining a lot of perspective but it’s exciting every single time I get to stand on that podium. Backstroke isn’t one of my top events, and I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s 200-meter IM. For now, I wanted to get on that podium tonight. I’m proud of myself.”
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