American Tyson Joe Gunter Takes Gold in T13 Long Jump

The high jump specialist also won the competition in Santiago 2023 with a distance of 6.58 meters.

Saturday, November 25th, 2023.- The male's T13 (visual impairment) long jump was won by the American Tyson Joe Gunter, with a leap of 6.58 meters that garnered applause from the audience at the Centro Atlético Mario Rocordón of the Estadio Nacional. 

Gunter has albinism, a condition characterized by the absence of pigmentation in the skin, hair, and eyes, leading to visual difficulties. In fact, the para-athlete has very limited peripheral vision. 

Since he started competing in Para athletics events, Gunter has consistently been part of every World Team. In 2013, he won the silver medal in high jump at the Lyon World Championships, and in 2015, he secured second place in long jump at the Parapan American Games in Toronto. 

This Saturday at Santiago 2023, Gunter demonstrated from the beginning that he was the favorite to win the event, achieving jumps of 6.53 and 6.45 meters before the final attempt. 

The silver medal went to Brazilian Paulo Andrade, with a mark of 6.56, while the bronze was claimed by Argentine Franco Pinetti, with 6.47. 

Written by Ernesto Bustos B. – María Fernanda Pavez; translated by Paulette Bertín / Santiago 2023 vía Photosport
Photo by Javier Salvo / Santiago 2023 vía Photosport