Bradenton man runs in Paralympic
By: Danielle Rappaport
"Tommy Chasanoff, a 19-year-old from Bradenton, is just back from competing
in the U.S. Paralympic Track and Field National Championships in Atlanta on June
30 and July 1.
Chasanoff, who has cerebral palsy, competed in the 100-meter, 200-meter and
400-meter races and the shot put.
The competition is for athletes with spinal injuries, amputations, visual
impairment and cerebral palsy. Athletes are grouped into classes according to
their level of disability.
There were 175 athletes from 15 countries competing in the Atlanta games.
Thirty-five from the United States were selected to advance to the world games.
Chasanoff earned the Americas' record, which includes North and South America,
in his class for the four events he competed in.
Chasanoff had three goals going into the competition: to get recognized by
national coaches, to try to set personal records and to qualify for the world
"Overall I thought this meet was very successful," he said. "I ran two personal
bests and set the Americas' record."
Unfortunately, he didn't qualify for the world championships."