LONDON – Team USA’s Zena Cole picked up a bronze medal in the women’s discus throw (F51/52/53) Friday morning at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, setting a new Americas record in the process.
Cole (Toledo, Ohio) already held the Americas record in the discus throw for the F51 class, which she set at the Parapan American Games last year where she won gold. Her throw today of 5.25m was enough to better her record and put her on the podium.
Fellow American Cassie Mitchell (Warner, Okla.) also set an Americas record in the discus throw, in the F52 class. Mitchell’s 12.96m throw was also a personal best, but she finished just outside of the medals in fourth place in the overall event, which combined three classes.
Olympic Stadium also hosted a number of preliminary rounds of track and field events, with three Americans advancing to either the semifinals or finals of their respective events.
Shaquille Vance (Houston, Miss.) will compete tonight in the finals of the 100m (T42). He hopes to add a medal to his collection, as he already won silver earlier in these Games in the 200m (T42).
David Brown (St. Louis, Mo.) qualified for the semifinals of the men’s 100m (T11) with a time of 11.37 – a personal best. “The race was good,” he said, “I had a good rest yesterday. I'm feeling strong. My next goal is to win the semifinals, make it to the final and get on that podium.”
Josiah Jameson (Vance, S.C.) also recorded a personal best in the men’s 200m (T12) with a time of 22.52 and will advance to the semifinals.
Track and field continues Friday evening.