AMITYVILLE - A teenager from Amityville is looking to grab a gold medal as one of 4,300 athletes competing in the Paralympic Games.

Tysheem Griffin was born with Waardenburg syndrome, a genetic condition that made him nearly deaf by the time he was a toddler.

The former Amityville High School sprinter will compete in the 400-meter race in Rio.

Griffin set the Amittyville school record in the 60-meter dash last winter and was section champion in four other races.

The Paralympic Games begin on Thursday.