Next stop for Jonathan Gore, Tokyo.
The Fayetteville High graduate and current graduate assistant coach at Concord University competed over the weekend in the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials in Minneapolis, Minn.
He capped his weekend with a victory in the T64 classification 200-meter dash on Saturday. Gore was timed in 22.96 seconds, while runner-up Trenten Merrill was clocked in 23.37.
On Friday, Gore placed third overall and second in the T64 classification in the 100. He ran a time of 11.05 seconds, compared to 10.99 for winner Jarryd Wallace.
Gore has now qualified to represent the United States in the 100 and 200 in the 16th Summer Paralympic Games, which are scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Japan from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5, 2021.
His coach, Michael Cox, said Saturday that Gore "didn't have a good start in the 100 (on Friday)," but still wound up running a quality time to qualify. "He got out in the 200 from the get-go.
"I'm excited for him."
An official announcement of the U.S. team's makeup occurred Thursday.
All told, 61 athletes — 35 men and 26 women — were nominated to compete for Team USA in this summer's Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, according to a press release from U.S. Paralympics Track and Field.
Track and field competition kicks off on Aug. 27 and concludes Sept. 5.
According to the release, NBC is slated to relive all the best moments from the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials this Sunday, June 27 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. EST.
— Steve Keenan