Entertainment Sports Mallory Weggemann Wins Gold After Setting New World Swimming Record at Tokyo Paralympics "I'm just filled with pride that I get to be with Team USA and I get to represent my family, my community and that I have that love and support to surround me," Mallory Weggemann said By Nicholas Rice Nicholas Rice Instagram Twitter Nicholas Rice is an Associate Editor for PEOPLE Magazine. He began working with the brand as an Editorial Intern in early 2020, before later transitioning to a freelance role, and then staff positions soon after. Nicholas writes and edits anywhere between 7 to 9 stories per day on average for PEOPLE, spanning across each vertical the brand covers. Nicholas has previous work experience with Billboard, POPSUGAR, Bustle and Elite Daily. When not working, Nicholas can be found playing with his 5 dogs, listening to pop music or eating mozzarella sticks. People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 27, 2021 12:55 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images Mallory Weggemann has earned Team USA another gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics! On Friday, the 32-year-old Paralympian swimmer earned her first medal at the pandemic-delayed Games, winning gold in the women's 200m individual medley SM7. Weggemann achieved a first-place finish in the race with a time of 2:55.28. Fellow Team USA member Ahalya Lettenberger was right behind her with a time of 3:02.82, earning her a silver medal. With the victory, Weggemann earned her third Paralympic medal. The athlete previously took home gold at the 2012 London Games in the 50m freestyle and 4x100m medley. Earlier in the morning, during preliminary races, Weggemann bested the time that she accomplished during the finals race with a time of 2:54.25, setting a new Paralympic record. 17-Year-Old Breaks Her Own World Record, Wins Team USA's First Gold Medal at Tokyo Paralympics Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images "I'm overjoyed. It is such an honor to be at my third Paralympic Games and to be on top of the podium for the first time in what would be nine years on September 2," Weggemann told reporters. "This has been a very long fight and there has been a lot of circumstances that have come around through this journey." The star added, "I'm just filled with pride that I get to be with Team USA and I get to represent my family, my community and that I have that love and support to surround me." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. On Instagram, Weggemann's mother Ann celebrated her daughter's amazing accomplishment, sharing a carousel of photos. "She did it! Amazing! Tears of pure joy seeing the flag raised, hearing the National anthem with the Gold medal hanging around Mallory's neck!" the proud parent wrote alongside the post. "It's been an incredible journey to the top of the podium yet one that is so well deserved! Get some rest dear and we'll be cheering again tomorrow! 👍💋🏊♀️♥️🇺🇸 Good Overcomes!" RELATED VIDEO: How Paralympian Melissa Stockwell Is Fighting Through to Compete After Breaking Back in Accident On her Instagram Story, Weggemann also celebrated her win with a series of posts. In one message, the athlete reflected on her record-breaking feat in the prelims, sharing an image from the race. "So much emotion in the pool this morning - with each stroke I felt the strength of my community," she wrote. In another post, Weggemann shared a past photo of herself in a hospital bed, writing beside the post: "That swim this morning was for her." "Four years ago I laid in the hospital following my surgery and while competing felt further away than ever before each day I visualized the water and that love pulled me through," she wrote. "Never stop fighting for your dreams, no matter how distant they feel - surround yourself with your community show up to the fight and stay true to your 'why.' " How Swimmer Mallory Weggemann Turned Tragedy Into Paralympic Gold Mallory Weggemann Instagram Weggemann also shared an aerial shot of herself swimming — writing "Just me in my favorite element while chasing some long awaited dreams" — as she added in another post after her win, "Absolutely no words right now other than this... DREAMS ARE RESILIENT." To learn more about Team USA, visit TeamUSA.org. The Tokyo Paralympics air on NBC until September 5.