David Prince (left), Jarryd Wallace (center) and Jerome Singleton (right) swept the medals in the men's 200 meters T44 race at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France.
Team USA wins five world titles on Day 2 in Lyon, France
Jarryd Wallace set a world record en route to the first world title of his career.
LYON, France - Highlighted by a sweep of the men's 200 meters T44, Team USA won nine medals, including four gold medals, on Sunday evening at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France. Team USA also won four medals, including a gold, in the morning session.
Through the second day of competition, Team USA leads in the overall medal count with 16 medals (six golds, four silvers and six bronzes), twice the amount of medals won by second ranked Brazil and China. The U.S. is tied for No. 1 in the gold medal count with Ukraine.
World champions crowned today are Jeremy Campbell in the men's discus F44, Raymond Martin in the men's 800m T52, Tatyana McFadden in the women's 200m T54 and 5000m T53/54 and Jarryd Wallace in the men's 200m T44. Wallace of Athens, Ga., set a world record (22.08) in his competition.
In one of the most highly anticipated races of the championships, Wallace bested the world record he set in the semifinals to top David Prince (Sarasota, Fla.) and Jerome Singleton (Irmo, S.C.). It was a photo finish for the silver and bronze medals with both Prince, who held the world record in the event until Saturday's semifinal, and Singleton clocking a personal best 22.34.
"I could not be more honored to stand on the podium with these two guys," Wallace said. "When I started running just a couple years ago, they were guys that I looked up to. They were guys that helped me out. I am humbled to be here with them."
It is the first major international title for Wallace since his win in the men's 100m T43/44 at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, he was sixth in the 400m and competed in the 4x100 relay.
"I am absolutely humbled," Wallace said. "Three years ago, I had my leg amputated and I had no idea that I could ever be here, be a world champion. It's really unbelievable how blessed I've been."
Singleton won a silver medal in the race at the 2011 world championships.
"I hate to lose but it was a great race," he said. "I'm glad that we got the sweep."
Wallace and Singleton will meet again in the 100m T44 with teammate Richard Browne (Jackson, Miss.), an event where Singleton won gold in 2011. Prince competes in the 400m T43/44, an event he holds the world record in, with Rob Brown (Chula Vista, Calif.) and Blake Leeper (Kingsport, Tenn.).
Before the American amputee sprinters stole the show, Martin (Jersey City, N.J.) won his second title of the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, beating out Mexico's Leonardo Perez and Team USA's Steven Toyoji (Campbell, Calif.) with a world championship best 1:59.52 in the men's 800m T52. Gianfranco Iannotta (Garfield, N.J.) finished fifth.
Martin, who won four gold medals in four events at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, is attempting to win five world titles in Lyon. He is currently two for two with the 100m, 200m and 400m remaining in his program.
Martin and Toyoji also finished 1-3 in the 1500m on Saturday.
With a win in the women's 200m T54 earlier in the day, McFadden matched the accomplishment of her University of Illinois training mate by winning a second world title. She won with a time of 12:08.07, pushing Switzerland's Manuela Schaer (12:08.33) to second place.
"The 5000 is definitely the toughest race for me right now," McFadden said. "It is my first 5000 at the world championships and maybe my third or fourth 5000 in competition ever. With a group like this, I knew that in some areas it would be fast and in some areas it would be slow, but I had to just be confident in my own race. I train every day, twice a day so I knew I was ready."
McFadden is attempting to win six world titles with the 100m, 400m, 800m and 1500m still to come.
Amanda McGrory (Kennett Square, Pa.) finished fourth in the 5000m event at 12:09.23.
Campbell, the discus champion at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Paralympic Games, won the final world title of the night for Team USA, claiming the gold in the men's discus F44 with a throw of 58.86m, shy of his world record 63.46m. It is his only gold medal at a world championship.
"This is my first title so it is extremely awesome," Campbell said. "I came into this year with a goal and this was it so I am happy to be walking away with what I wanted. The throw wasn't where I would have liked to be but it was enough to win the title. I know I can do better but I am happy to be a world champion."
Campbell's discus title is the first field title of the competition for Team USA.
In other evening finals, two-time Paralympic medalist Leeper won the first world championship medal of his career, a silver medal in the men's 200m T43. With a season's best 21.78, he topped teammates Josh Kennison (South Paris, Maine), fifth with a season's best 24.12, and Daniel Rizzieri (Cohocton, N.Y.), sixth with a personal best 24.53.
"I'm happy with where I'm at," Leeper said. "I'm happy with second place because I won a medal for my country. To represent the United States of America at a world championship and stand on the podium, I cannot ask for anymore. Every time I step on the track, I go for the gold. I might fall short sometimes but how you overcome that situation determines the type of person that you are. I'm leaving the track today with my head held high and a silver medal."
Brazil's Alan Oliveira easily won with a world record 20.66.
"Alan ran an amazing race," Leeper said. "He is the first amputee to go sub-21. I might have lost but I felt like overall, we all won, because it is a great moment for Paralympic sport. I feel blessed and honored to be a part of that race. I'm not happy to lose but I'm glad to see how far we've come."
Still in search of his first world title, Leeper will run in the 100m T43, 400m T43/44 and the 4x100m T43/44 in Lyon.
"The 200 gives me motivation for the 100," Leeper said. "I want to redeem myself."
In the men's 400m T53, Josh George (Herndon, Va.) and Brian Siemann (Savoy, Ill.) finished just off the podium in fourth and fifth place, respectively. George had a personal best time of 50.27. Siemann had a personal best time of 51.38.
In other field events, Rudy Garcia-Tolson (Bloomington, Calif.) won a silver medal in the men's long jump F42 while teammate Regas Woods (Ocala, Fla.) finished eighth. Garcia-Tolson's best jump, 5.98m, came on his fifth of six attempts.
In the women's long jump F11, LaKeria Taylor (Shreveport, La.) finished ninth with a jump of 3.31m.
U.S. Navy veteran Steven Hancock (Pueblo, Colo.) finished 13th in the men's discus F54/55/56 with a personal best 28.17m. A competitor at the 2013 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte, a competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans, Hancock is making his debut with Team USA.
For a recap of the Day 2 morning session, click here.
The 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, July 19-28, feature over 1,100 athletes, including 76 Americans, from nearly 100 countries. Live streaming and on demand video is available at www.ParalympicSport.TV while live results are available at www.paralympic.org/events/lyon-2013.
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