2008 PARALYMPIC GAMES: Singleton Wins Silver in Paralympic Debut; Frasure Earns Bronze
BEIJING, China – Jerome Singleton’s (Irmo, S.C.) smile stretched from ear-to-ear as he walked off the track at the Bird’s Nest after earning his first-ever Paralympic medal and running a personal best (11.20) in the men’s 100m (T44).
“It was a great race,” said Singleton. “It felt great. I never thought I would medal in the Paralympics; there are so many strong competitors in our class, but today I got silver – it’s amazing.”
U.S. teammate and four-time Paralympian Brian Frasure (Apex, N.C.) earned bronze in what will most likely be his last Games competition with a time of 11.50.
“I had planned to retire after Athens, but decided to come back for the ’06 Worlds,” said Frasure. “I decided to give it one more shot, and at the age of 35, I’m pretty happy with my race and level of competitiveness, but I’m 99.9 percent sure this will be my last Games.”
World record holder in the event, Marlon Shirley (Chula Vista, Calif./Tremonton, Utah), who underwent knee surgery only months ago and then battled through rehab and a staph infection, also raced in the final 100m. But something went drastically wrong roughly around the 50m mark – a torn Achilles - which took him out of the race.
“It’s been a really tough year for me,” said Shirley. “I had a goal to come here and do my best, but I also came to the realization that there was a high potential I would fail at winning the gold medal. This definitely isn’t how I pictured things turning out; it’s unfortunate, but don’t count me out just yet.”
In the only other U.S. finals action on the day, 200m world record holder (T44) April Holmes (Chula Vista, Calif./Somerdale, N.J.) also saw misfortune in her event. After taking the turn in the 200m and heading down the straightaway towards the finish, Holmes lost her balance after catching her spike on the track surface. She violently crashed onto the ground and fell out of her lane, resulting in her disqualification and a gash on her head.
“I have five stitches in my eyelid now, but I’m determined to get back out there and run my race in the 100m,” said Holmes.
UP NEXT: Competition for Wednesday, September 10
*No morning session today
17:00 Women’s Discus (T32-34)/final – Robyn Stawski (Tampa, Fla.)
17:15 Men’s 200m (T52)/final – Josh Roberts (Morris, Ala.)
17:30 Men’s Shot put (F24)/final – Matt Brown (Idalou, Texas)
17:35 Men’s 100m (T12)/final – Josiah Jamison (Chula Vista, Calif./Vance, S.C.)
18:10 Women’s 400m (T53)/final – Cheri Blauwet (Palo Alto, Calif.), Anjali Forber-Pratt (Needham, Mass.), Jessica Galli (Savoy, Ill./Hillsborough, N.J.)
19:05 Men’s 400m (T13)/final – Royal Mitchell (Chula Vista, Calif./Ridgeland, S.C.)
19:20 Women’s Javelin (F35-38)/final – Julie Crisp (Portland, Ore.)
20:45 Women’s 100m (T54)/final –Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Md.)
21:14 Men’s 1500m (T12-13) – Peter Gottwald (West Chester, Pa.)
For complete track & field competition results, visit http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRMP/ENG/Schedule/AT.shtml.
For more information or to arrange an athlete interview, please contact Beth Bourgeois at 139-1075-4847 (if calling from the U.S., dial 011 86 plus the local number).
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