Newmarket's Elizabeth Liza Corso finished fourth in the first heat women's 1,500 meter at the 16th Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo on Friday morning.

The 2021 graduate of the Portsmouth Christian Academy in Dover finished with a time of 4:52:18. She'll run in the final on Saturday morning at 6:10 a.m.

"I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to represent Team USA in Tokyo," Corso told PCA going into the games.

She was born with a genetic disorder called albinism and is considered legally blind, according to Portsmouth Christian Academy. She runs without depth perception, having over 20/200 vision.

Corso will attend Lipscomb University in Nashville in September.

According to her Team USA bio Corso has been running since she was five years old and joined her school's track and cross country teams in sixth grade. Corso ran varsity track and cross country for PCA and during her sophomore year she was introduced to Para track and field.

During the past year, she also took an interest in Nordic Skiing.

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