Mormons in the Paralympics: 3 more medals

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 11 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

Three Latter-Day Saint athletes earned medals as the 2012 London Paralympics came to a close this past weekend.

Jason Smyth, of the Northern Ireland Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, won a second gold medal in the 200-meter race of the T13 division. His time of 21.05 was a new world record.

Smyth, legally blind, also set a world record in the 100-meter sprint to win gold earlier in the Paralympic games.

Australian Todd Hodgetts, 24, of the Canberra Australia Stake, won the gold medal in the men's shot put for F-20 athletes with a mark of 16.29. Hodgetts was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at 8 years old.

Co-captain Paul Schulte, 33, of the Bradenton Florida Stake, won a bronze medal as a member of the United States men's wheelchair basketball team. The U.S. defeated Great Britain, 61-46, to capture the bronze. Canada defeated Australia, 64-58, to win the gold medal.

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