Teen swimmer breaks her own world record to win gold at Tokyo Paralympics
A Garden City teen swimmer who is blind just won gold at the Paralympics in Tokyo.
Anastasia Pagonis etched her name in the history books Thursday as she broke her own world record and clinched the United States' first gold medal of the games.
The 17-year-old began losing her vision at age 12 due to genetic retina disease.
She finished the 400-meter freestyle in a time of 4:54.49, which was 10.85 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
She initially broke the Paralympic record earlier in the day in the qualifier.