MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Dallas Wise is headed to Tokyo.
The Coastal Carolina jumper qualified to be on Team USA in both the Paralympic long and high jumps in the T/F47 class at the Paralympic Trials on June 18 and 19 in Minneapolis, Minn.
On June 18, Wise placed first in the long jump in his class with a distance of 6.86 meters, and on June 19, Wise also placed first in the high jump in his class with a jump of 2.02 meters.
"To qualify, it means a lot to me," Wise said. "I've put in a countless amount of time and work to be here. I've been talking about being a para-athlete for years and to finally be here is shocking. I never thought I would be representing our country. I started track four years ago."
The Paralympic Games will be held in Tokyo, Japan, from Aug. 24-Sept. 5, and Wise will participate in the long jump on Aug. 27 and the high jump on Aug. 29.
Wise, who was born with Erb’s palsy, a form of brachial plexus palsy in the shoulder, was deemed eligible to compete for a spot in the Paralympics last month under the T/F47 classification.
According to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games website, T/F45, T/F46 and T/F47 are for athletes with arm deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired passive range of movement in arms, with athletes competing in a standing position.
The Dutch Fork High School product also has a chance to break Paralympic world records in both the long and high jumps. He unofficially has the second-best jumps in those events (7.52 meters and 2.10 meters, respectively), with those jumps coming before he was approved for Paralympic competition.
The sophomore from Irmo also unofficially has the second-best jump in the triple jump (15.37 meters), which is also a CCU record, but won’t be able to attempt to break the Paralympic world record in that event until after the Paralympics because the Paralympics will not hold that event this year.