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Hillside's Desmond Jackson wins gold in U.S. Paralympic Championships

Desmond Jackson of Hillside runs the Boys 100 Meter Dash Ambulatory 4A Finals during the NCHSAA 4A Track and Field Championships that took place at the North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C. on Saturday, May 21, 2016.
Desmond Jackson of Hillside runs the Boys 100 Meter Dash Ambulatory 4A Finals during the NCHSAA 4A Track and Field Championships that took place at the North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C. on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

Hillside’s Desmond Jackson started his summer running season off by winning gold in the 100-meter dash at the U.S. Paralympic Championships last weekend.

He won in a time of 12.79 at UCLA's Drake Stadium in Los Angeles with a victory margin of .19 seconds.

He also took third place overall in the 200 in a personal-best time of 26.16 and finished eighth in the long jump with a mark of 15-6.25.

Jackson's win in the 100 should give him the opportunity to represent the US again in the world championships later this summer in London. He competed last summer in the world championships in Qatar and also in the Rio Paralympic Games.

Joe Johnson: 919-419-6889, @HPreps

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