Al Tielemans for OIS
Dunnellon native Regas Woods competes in the Men’s Long Jump T-42 Final last Saturday at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 35-year-old U.S. National Champion finished sixth in the event, posting a mark of 5.30 meters. Woods also finished sixth in the 200-meter run at the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Less than 12 hours after competing in the T-42 Classification Long Jump competition at the 2016 Paralympic Games, Regas Woods was busily packing his bags, preparing for his return stateside.

The 35-year-old Dunnellon resident would miss out on the Closing Ceremonies, but for good reason. He opted to skip the Closing Games for a chance to meet the President of the United States. That meeting, he explained, was tentatively scheduled for Sept. 28.

Meeting President Obama will conclude a whirlwind month for Woods, a 1999 Dunnellon High graduate.