Run, Mickey, Run…


We can’t stop repeating that people with autism are truly special people. They are gifted and talented, each in their own way. To discover a talent in an autistic child may take longer, but their parents’ love and care makes miracles.

The hero of the day is Michael “Mikey” Brannigan. He is 19 years old, he is one of the world’s elite runners, and he is autistic. He was diagnosed with autism when he was in early childhood.

Now, within a month, he will take part in the 1500-meter race at the Paralympic Games in Rio, according to Team USA’s website. And, looks like, he is a favorite to win gold!

Beside all the above, Mickey has broken a world record. “He moves his body like classical music,” Joaquim Cruz, a former Olympian and Brannigan’s coach, told “NBC Nightly News.”

On Aug. 5, he ran a mile in 3:57:58, making him the first T20-classified athlete (which means he has an intellectual impairment) to shatter the four-minute barrier, according to Runner’s World. In 2015, he won a gold medal in the men’s 1,500-meter T20 at the International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championship in Doha, Qatar.

“I love to work hard and have fun. And just beat my personal best and keep improving to that next level,” says Mickey.

We wish Mickey the best of luck! And, of course, we wish him to bring home his next gold medal from the upcoming Paralympics in Rio.

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