Rain washes out first day of 2010 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships
Before the storms rolled in, four 800m races were held for different classification groups and several field events were completed during the morning session.
U.S. Army veteran Jeannette Thompson (
Competing in just her third track & field meet ever, Thompson did just that, as she set a new American record in the women’s javelin (F58) with a throw of 19.47 meters.
“I’m floored right now, just in shock,” said Thompson. “I never thought I’d be at this point and it feels so good to compete. I trained hard so that when I got to competition I knew I’d be ready.”
In the women’s T53 race,
“I started a little slower than I would have liked, but I’m happy that I was able to finish strong and take the win,” said McGrory.
The only other women’s race of the session saw
Only one men’s 800m race was contested during the rain-shortened evening and
The men’s triple jump, javelin and shot put were the only other events to go final on Friday.
The F33/34/53 shot put competition saw
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Two athletes, each competing in a different classification, took on the triple jump.
“Lex did well today, but we expect to see him jumping even better as we approach the world championships next January,” said Al Joyner, Gillette’s coach and Olympic gold medalist in the triple jump from 1984.
Events that were postponed due to Friday’s weather have been re-scheduled for Saturday morning, June 19. A revised schedule, and complete event information, can be found at http://www.usparalympics.org/2010trackandfieldnationalchampionships.