Briella TomassettiAug 10, 2017, 9:30 am

LI Paralympic track star honored by NY state and Northport community

2015 Northport High School graduate became first person with autism to win gold medal in the 1500 meter run

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Mikey Brannigan's journey is nothing short of incredible.

The 2015 Northport High School graduate became the first person with autism to win a gold medal in the 1500 meter run. But that's not all.

He also became the first athlete with a T-20 Paralympic classification to break the record for the four-minute mile, and the only Paralympic athlete in history to hold simultaneous records in the 1,500 meter, 3,000 meter, and 5,000 meter runs.

State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, surrounded by State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, State Senator Carl Marcellino, and New York State Assemblyman Andrew Raia made the special announcement to congratulate Brannigan on all of his accomplishments.

Brannigan was joined by his teachers, neighbors, friends, family and former coach as he received his official citations.

Brannigan's coach, Sonya Robinson, says she's been working with him now for two years, and says the hometown hero brings only the top qualities to the table.

So what comes next for the young athlete? Brannigan says he wants to defend his title at the 2020 Paralympic games in Tokyo. And he's also training to make the crossover from the Paralympics to the 2024 Olympic Games.

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