The tall American is equally adept jumping high as he is long, winning medals at Paralympic Games and World Championships.
The talented multi-eventer was introduced to Para athletics by 2008 US Paralympic high jump champion Jeff Skiba and made his international debut at the Arizona Grand Prix in 2015.
Four months later, at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, he set a new world record in the high jump (2.12m) on his way to the first of two gold medals. He won gold in the long jump (7.18m) with an Americas record.
Two months after that, he won high jump T47 gold as well as silver in the triple jump T47, long jump T47 and 4x100m T42-47 relay the World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
At the Rio 2016 Games Townsend-Roberts clinched double gold, winning both the long jump (7.41m) and high jump (2.09m) T47, with Paralympic records in both. In fact, he was the only competitor to clear the two-metre mark in the high jump.
In April 2017 the former decathlete, who works as a jumps coach at Northern Arizona University, added one centimetre to his world record when he cleared 2.13m at the Mt SAC Relays in California.
Three months’ later he leapt to gold at the London 2017 World Championships, winning with a championship record clearance of 2.10m before bowing out at a new world record attempt of 2.15m.
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Despite winning gold in the T47 high jump and T47 long jump at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he says he was not completely happy with his performance. "I was very disappointed with my high jump performance, especially going back and watching the film. It was really ugly. Being somewhat of a perfectionist I'm disappointed with the way I handled myself when it really mattered the most." (paralympic.org, 23 May 2017)
He works part-time as a substitute teacher, primarily in language arts and maths, and also works part-time as a pushback operator for American Airlines at Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport in United States of America. He also works as a volunteer coach at the University of Louisville in United States of America, and has served as a coach for his wife Tynita Butts-Townsend. (recordnet.com, 04 Apr 2019; teamusa.org, 07 Nov 2019)
He has studied for master's degree in educational leadership at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, United States of America. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2017)
|Men's Triple Jump T47||Final 1||2015-10-26||2|
|Men's 100 m T47||Heat 1||2015-10-27||6|
|Men's 100 m T47||Final 1||2015-10-27||8|
|Men's Long Jump T47||Final 1||2015-10-28||2|
|Men's High Jump T47||Final 1||2015-10-29||1|
|Men's 4x100 m T42-47||Final 1||2015-10-31||2|
|Men's 100 m T47||Heat 1||2016-09-10||3|
|Men's 100 m T47||Final Round||2016-09-11||5|
|Men's Long Jump T47||Final Round||2016-09-14||1|
|Men's High Jump T47||Final Round||2016-09-16||1|
|Men's 100 m T47||Final 1||2017-07-15||6|
|Men's 100 m T47||Heat 1||2017-07-15||6|
|Men's High Jump T47||Final 1||2017-07-16||1|
|Men's Long Jump T47||Final 1||2017-07-19||4|