Paralympic U.S. swimmer Brad Snyder sets another record, wins fifth gold medal
RIO DE JANEIRO (WBFF) -- Paralympic champion swimmer Brad Snyder set a world record in the 100-meter freestyle and won his fifth gold medal on Thursday night at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
Snyder had already set a record earlier in the day in the prelims with a time of 57.16 seconds. However, he broke that mark hours later, completing his run in 56.15 seconds.
The race marked his last of the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. He won three gold medals in all during the week, in addition to one silver.
“I have been visualizing that moment every day for at least the last year, coming into that wall and hearing that time,” said Snyder in a release. “It is true now. Finishing this meet with the 100, with that world record - this is the script we wrote, the one we wanted."
Snyder lives in Canton and trains at Loyola University Maryland.
He represented the U.S. in the the Opening Ceremony on Sept. 7, the five-year anniversary of the day when he was hit by an IED while serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. Navy, an event that caused him to lose his sight.
Snyder's story ran on FOX45 on Nov. 23, 2015:
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