More than gold medals are on the line at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships, July 19-28, in Lyon, France. Five American men enter the world championships with hopes to leave Lyon just as they came in, as world record holders.
With five days until the first competition of the IPC Athletics World Championships on July 20, take a look at the five U.S. men who hold world records in track and field.
Jeremy Campbell made history in April 2012 when he became the first Paralympic athlete to throw the discus over 60 meters. His throw of 60.19m at the Triton Invitational was bettered by him twice in June 2012 at the Endeavor Games. Campbell’s final throw at that event was 63.46m, the current world record in the men’s discus F44. Campbell is ranked No. 1 in the world. At the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships in San Antonio, Texas, he threw 61.46m, 1.78 further than what second ranked Dan Greaves of Great Britain threw at a meet in Berlin. Campbell also holds the world record in the pentathlon, although the event will not be contested in Lyon.
On May 7, 2011, at the Desert Challenge in Mesa, Ariz., visually impaired track and field athlete Lex Gillette jumped 6.73 meters, setting a world record in the men’s long jump T11. Gillette has to best jump of the season thus far. Earlier this year in Chula Vista, Calif., he jumped 6.65 to secure the No. 1 ranking. Spain’s Xavier Porras is No. 2 with a 6.06.
Raymond Martin is the world record holder in the men’s 200m T52 race. On July 1, 2012, at the U.S. Paralympic Trials – Track and Field, he raced a 30.18. Martin clocked a 31.65 earlier this year in Indianapolis, Ind., to secure the No. 1 ranking. He is also ranked No. 1 in the men’s 100m, 400m and 800m.
David Prince, who had his leg amputated after a motorcycle accident, set two world records at the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships in San Antonio, Texas. Prince clocked a 22.47 in the men’s 200m T44 on June 15 to erase the 22.49 world record set by South Africa's Arnu Fourie at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in September. On June 16, Prince bested his own world record in the men’s 400-meter (T44), running a 49.87 to erase the 50.61 world record he set in London.
At the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships, Daniel Rizzieri, a double below-the-knee amputee from birth, jumped 5.86m to secure the world record in the men’s long jump T43.