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Long Island Swimmer Sets World Record At Tokyo Paralympic Games

Anastasia Pagonis
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Anastasia Pagonis

A 17-year-old paralympic swimmer from Long Island has not only brought home the gold, but set a world record.

Garden City’s Anastasia Pagonis is blind. She earned the top award for the women’s 400-meter freestyle at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Pagonis also crushed a world record she set when she qualified for the games in June. Her best time is nearly 4 minutes and 54 seconds.

She said she wants to change the narrative of what a person with blindness “looks like.” She also credits navigating the paralympic games in Tokyo to her guide dog, Radar.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.