Susannah Scaroni wins Gold and Bronze

Hunter Woodhall will race in 400m Friday
Thursday, September 2, 2021
Susannah Scaroni wins Gold and Bronze

Susannah Scaroni, the sister of Rose Antonich of Stanford, accepts her Bronze medal in Tokyo for the 800m. She also won a Gold in the 500m and set a new Paralympic Record. Her next race is the Marathon, which starts on Saturday Sept. 4 at 3:40 pm MDT. Photo courtesy of Susannah Scaroni

Last Friday evening, the Antonich Family cheered in the family room in Stanford and witnessed history-in-the-making while Susannah Scaroni achieved a new Paralympic record and won her first gold medal. The race was thrilling. Scaroni shot out ahead of the pack with seven laps to go – a risky move that proved amazing and showed her strength and endurance. Nobody on the track could catch her, although they all tried hard.

Scaroni is Rose Antonich’s sister (see more in the Aug. 26 Judith Basin Press)

“I feel so blessed,” Scaroni, after catching her breath, said to Lisa Costantini with “My strength is going as hard as I can for a long time. That never happens at the Paralympics, and I have no experience doing anything else.”

Susannah, who was far ahead of the pack in the women’s 5000m T54, achieved a time of 10:52.57, a personal best. Scaroni also set a new Paralympic record and was just around a second shy of a new world record.

Scaroni then went onto win a Bronze in the 800m T54.

She also competed in the 1500m finals, but did not make it to the podium. Still she has one event left. Her final event after the 1500m is the Marathon, which starts on Saturday Sept. 4 at 3:40 pm MDT.

Hunter Woodhall will race Men’s T62 400m Final (no prelim) at 4:33 a.m. MST on Friday, September 3.

Woodhall raced in the 100m final on Monday. While he did not make it to the podium, he was grateful for the opportunity to represent the USA.

Woodhall posted on his Facebook page Monday after the event, “I finished my first 100m at a major championship ever tonight. I’m not sure if there are any more 100s in my future but I’m happy with the outcome. But even happier I get to go back to my actual event. Enjoyed dipping my toes in the 100m pool but those cats are fast and I never thought I would be this happy to go back to a 400m. Regardless, thankful for the opportunity and grateful to be able to wear USA on my chest.”