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Evansville's Mikaela Jenkins Takes Home Gold at Paralympic Games

Evansville's Mikaela Jenkins is taking home the gold in the Women's 100m Butterfly at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Posted: Aug 31, 2021 8:02 AM
Updated: Aug 31, 2021 8:13 AM

The Tri-State has another Olympic gold medalist.

Evansville-native Mikaela Jenkins won first place in the Women's 100M Butterfly Stroke in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Team USA

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The 100M Butterfly Stroke was one of four events that Jenkins is competing in for the Paralympic Games.

As her Team USA bio page explains, Jenkins was born with left Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency and underwent a left Symes Amputation when she was eight-months-old. After being fitted with her first prosthesis at the age of one-year-old, Jenkins was walking independently at the age of 17-months-old.

She learned to swim at age four and began swimming competitively when she was eight.

Jenkins will take to the pool again on Wednesday for the women's 100M Backstroke.

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