MANCHESTER, England – A small contingent of U.S. athletes recently competed in the BT Paralympic World – an invitation only multi-sport event featuring track & field, swimming, 7-a-side soccer and wheelchair basketball.
Team USA competed in all sports, except wheelchair basketball, and came away with an impressive 12 total medals.
The top performances on the track came from wheelchair racers Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Md.) and Josh George (Fairfax, Va.). McFadden took gold in both the 800m and 1500m races (T53/54), while George picked up bronze medals in the 200m and 1500m events (T53/54).
Also collecting hardware on the track were Elexis Gillett (Raleigh, N.C.), 100m – bronze (T11-13); April Holmes (Chula Vista, Calif.), 100m – bronze (T44/46); and David Prince (Atlanta, Ga.), 400m – bronze (T44).
In the pool, Team USA earned five medals. Amanda Everlove (Wichita, Kan.) led the women with bronze medals in the 100m backstroke and 50m freestyle (S8) events. Lantz Lamback was the top performer for the men, taking silver in the 100m backstroke (S7) and bronze in the 50m freestyle (S7). The final swimming medal came from Miranda Uhl (Alachua, Fla.) who won bronze in the 100m breaststroke (SB6).
The U.S. faced some tough competition on the soccer pitch and was unable to notch a win in the four-team round-robin tournament. Team USA suffered losses to Great Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands during the four-day tournament.
For more information on the BT Paralympic World Cup, as well as complete results from all sports, visit http://www.btparalympicworldcup.com/.