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Minnesota native Mallory Weggemann wins gold in 200-meter IM

The medal follows her semi, where the 32-year-old swam a 2:54.25 in the women's 200-meter individual medley SM7, setting a new Paralympic world record.
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Mallory Weggemann, right, of the United States celebrates with teammate Jessica Long after winning the women's 50-meter freestyle S8 final at the 2012 Paralympics games, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — Minnesota native Mallory Weggemann added to her collection of Paralympic medals Friday, winning the 200-meter individual medley SM7 to grab gold in Tokyo. 

The medal comes after the Minnesota resident set a new Paralympic world record in the semis. Friday morning. 

Team USA teammate Ahalya Lettenberger grabbed the silver medal with a time of 3:02:82. 

Weggemann, the 32-year-old swimming star from Eagan crushed the competition in the women's 200-meter IM, finishing in a time of 2:54.25. The previous record -- 2:54.42 -- was set by Australian Jacqueline Freney at the 2012 Games in London.

 

Weggeman is a three-time Paralympic athlete, winning one gold and one bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She became paralyzed in 2008 after getting an epidural steroid injection for back pain she had suffered since contracting shingles. 

Her memoir, "Limitless: The Power of Hope and Resilience to Overcome Circumstance," was released earlier this year.