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Alexa Halko, pictured here Aug. 29, won the bronze medal in the women’s T34 800-meter race at the Tokyo Paralympic Games on Saturday. (Joe Kusumoto, USOPC)

Alexa Halko takes bronze in women's 800-meter in Paralympics

Alexa Halko, who trains at the University of Illinois, won a bronze medal on Saturday in the 800-meter T34 women’s race at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Halko finished in 2:22.02 for the bronze, a season-best for her. Hannah Cockroft (Great Britain) won the gold with a Paralympic record time of 1:48.99, while Kare Adenegan (Great Britan) placed second with a time of 1:59.85.

It was Halko’s first medal of the Tokyo Paralympics and her fourth of her Paralympic career. This was her second Paralympic Games.

"It’s awesome coming back and medaling again. I was really nervous with Covid and everything about how I would notch up,” Halko said.

“It was awesome. I got to race against the two competitors I always do, so it was awesome to try to chase them and just go as fast as I can on their tails."

Halko was born with Cerebral Palsy. She has raced competitively since 2007 when she began training with the Greater Oklahoma Disabled Sports Association in Edmond, Okla.

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