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Evanston native wins paralympic medal

28-year old Isaac Jean-Paul, who was born in Evanston and spent his elementary school years here, has won a medal in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Isaac Jean-Paul. (Photo: U.S. Paralympics Track & Field.)

28-year old Isaac Jean-Paul, who was born in Evanston and spent his elementary school years here, has won a medal in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Paul, whose vision is limited by a disease called juvenile retinoschisis, took third place today in the long jump at 6.93 meters (22 feet, 8 inches).

Earlier in the Games, Jean-Paul barely missed another medal by coming in fourth in the 100 meter dash.

Jean-Paul attended high school in Gurnee, and college at Lewis University in Oak Brook. He currently lives in San Diego.

Earlier this year, Jean-Paul told Evanston Now “I can’t see small print, and I can’t drive. But I’ve lived my entire life learning to navigate the world in other ways.”

And now, he has navigated his way to a Bronze Medal.

Jeff Hirsh

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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