By Margaret Jackson / NewsBreak Denver
(Denver, Colo.) Littleton resident Matthew Paintin broke the world record for the 1500-meter race in the T35 class with a time of 4:52.34 during the Move United Junior Nationals presented by The Hartford.
T35 is a disability sport classification for disability athletics’ running competitions. It includes people who have coordination impairments such as hypertonia, ataxia and athetosis.
Paintin, 21, who has cerebral palsy, just missed making Team USA for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo and is in training to make the team for the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. The previous world record Paintin broke was set in July 1994 in Berlin.
Move United is the national leader in community adaptive sports, empowering 100,000 youth and adults with disabilities each year to live to their fullest potential. Its 200 member organizations in 43 states are united by a mission to ensure everyone, regardless of ability, experiences the life-changing power of sport and is fully included in their community.
“We congratulate all the athletes who competed this week on champion-level performances,” said Glenn Merry, executive director of Move United. Each athlete pushed their potential to qualify for these games, and their accomplishment demonstrates what’s possible for adaptive athletes to achieve.
“With almost 80% of Team USA athletes finding their sport through Move United programs, we expect to see these competitors as the next generation in international competition, the Paralympics in Paris 2024 and beyond.”