21018-Desmond Jackson photo

Desmond Jackson



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
T63, F63

Further personal information

Durham, NC, USA
Coach, Motivational Speaker, Student
Higher education
Sports Management - Campbell University: Buies Creek, NC, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing at age eight in Durham, NC, United States of America.
Why this sport?
His mother encouraged him to try various sports. "I do like to compete. I ran in my first meet when I was eight years old, and I set six national records for my age group. That was an eye-opening experience, and it made me want to keep going. I've been running ever since."
Club / Team
Campbell University: Buies Creek, NC, USA
Name of coach
Jamaal Daniels [personal], from 2015

International debut

Competing for
United States
Parapan American Games
Toronto, ON, CAN

General interest

Dez (Athlete, 25 Oct 2015)
Reading, painting. (, 09 Oct 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing in the T42 200m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Michael Kelly and Jamaal Daniels, and his mother. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Believe in yourself." (Athlete, 20 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was named a Remarkable Man, an honour given by the Durham County Public Health Department in the United States of America, in recognition of his accomplishments on and off the track. (, 26 Jan 2017)
Famous relatives
His father Andre played baseball for Norfolk University in Virginia, United States of America. (, 01 Jul 2019)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 14 Jun 2019)
He was born with tibial hemimelia in his left leg. At age nine months the limb was amputated above the knee. (, 03 May 2015;, 13 Oct 2010)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 1 2015-10-25 7
Men's 100 m T42 Final 1 2015-10-25 6
Men's Long Jump T42 Final 1 2015-10-26 7
Men's 200 m T42 Heat 2 2015-10-27 10
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T42 Heat 1 2016-09-10 9999
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 1 2016-09-14 4
Men's Long Jump T42 Final Round 2016-09-17 7
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T42 Final 1 2017-07-15 7
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 2 2017-07-17 6
Men's 100 m T42 Final 1 2017-07-17 5
Men's Long Jump T42 Final 1 2017-07-18 7