Martin, McFadden win third world titles of 2013

By Jamie M. Blanchard | July 23, 2013, 6 p.m. (ET)
Raymond Martin
Ray Martin narrowly won his third world title of 2013 on Tuesday in Lyon, France.

LYON, France — Raymond Martin and Tatyana McFadden continued their gold medal streaks today at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee World Championships in Lyon, France, claiming their third world titles. The two titles were the highlight of Team USA’s nine medal haul on Day 4.

To conclude Day 4, Blake Leeper (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Josh Kennison (South Paris, Maine) claimed the silver and bronze medals in the men’s 100m T43 race while Richard Browne (Jackson, Miss.) and Jerome Singleton (Irmo, S.C.) won the silver and bronze medals in the T44 race.

“A silver medal and a world record, I can’t complain about my time here in Lyon,” Browne said.

The United States is No. 1 in the medal count with 26 medals (nine golds, eight silvers and nine bronzes) through four days of competition. Russia, which ranks No. 2 overall with 24 medals, leads the gold medal count with 10.

McFadden (Clarksville, Md.) won the women’s 800m T54 in stunning fashion, eclipsing the world record of 1:45.19 set by Chantal Petitclerc of Canada at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. She finished in 1:44.44 while Switzerland’s Manuela Schaer was second with 1:47.70.

McFadden has raced six times in Lyon with six more races remaining.

“It's unbelievable,” McFadden said. “It was really tough but I was confident in my training and I trusted myself. The support from fans has been helpful as well. I am quite positive for the 100m even though it is going to be such a competitive race once again.”

She also has the 200m and 5000m titles to her credit with the 100m, 400m and 1500m remaining.

Hannah McFadden (Clarksville, Md.) finished seventh with a personal best 1:52.92.

In the T53 version of the race, Shirley Reilly (Tucson, Ariz.), Chelsea McClammer (Benton City, Wash.) and Amanda McGrory (Kennett Square, Pa.) were fourth, fifth and sixth.

Martin had a scare in his pursuit of the 100m T52 title, catching Mexico’s Salvador Hernandez in the closing stages of the race after Hernandez sped out the blocks first. With the win, Martin maintains his pursuit of five world titles, having three to his credit with the 200m, his favorite race, and the 400m remaining.

“I feel really relieved,” said Martin, who won all four gold medals he competed for at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. “The 100 is my toughest one. It was really, really close so I am just glad that I was able to come out on top.”

Gianfranco Iannotta (Garfield, N.J.) won the bronze medal. Isaiah Rigo (Cheney, Wash.), the youngest member of the U.S. team at 14 years old, placed eighth.

In the highly anticipated men’s 100m T44, Great Britain’s Jonnie Peacock edged out Browne but did not eclipse the 10.83 world record set by the American on Monday in semifinal action. Peacock ran a championship record 10.99 while Browne finished in 11.01.

“I knew it was going to be close and he got me at the end,” Browne said. “Jonnie and I got a great start together. When I crossed the finish line, I knew that it would be close, close, close so I tried to dip. He got me though. Congratulations Jonnie. Great race.”

Singleton, the defending world champion in the event, edged out Jarryd Wallace (Athens, Ga.), this year’s gold medalist in the 200m, for the bronze medal with both clocking an official time of 11.27.

Brazil’s Alan Oliveira, the world record holder in the T43 event, finished with a championship record 10.80 to top Leeper (11.34).

“Alan ran a great race but I did the best that I could,” Leeper said. “It was a good race. It was a quick race. I am proud that I was able to finish on the podium and represent my country.”

Kennison ran 11.93 to win the first world championship medal of his career.

“I wasn’t really expecting much because my time in the 200 was not that good,” Kennison said. “The 100 is my better event though so I was hoping to medal today. I’m shocked but I am really happy. Even if I didn’t medal, I am honored to wear the red, white and blue and represent my country. I’m really excited.”

Daniel Rizzieri (Cohocton, N.Y.) finished sixth with a personal best 12.32.

In the men’s 4x100 relay T11-13, the combination of David Brown (St. Louis, Mo.), Elexis Gillette (Raleigh, N.C.), Josiah Jamison (Vance, S.C.) and Markeith Price (Baltimore, Md.), with guides Jerome Avery (Lamoore, Calif.), Rolland Slade (Chula Vista, Calif.) and Wesley Williams won the silver medal.

“It was an accomplishment for us,” Gillette said. “I think it was a bit of redemption for us because we weren’t able to get the stick around in London. To be able to come to the world championships, execute and take home some hardware means a lot. I’m proud to be up on the podium with these guys and our guides. It’s nice that they get a medal too because they do so much for us.”

U.S. Army veteran Scot Severn (Caro, Mich.) won a silver medal in the men's shot put F52/53 at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships today in Lyon, France. He threw a season’s best 8.26 meters to secure a spot on the podium.

“I knew that I was going to medal today,” Severn said. “This is one of my best events so going into the event, I had complete confidence that I would medal.”

Severn is a two-time U.S. Paralympian, competing at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Paralympic Games in field events. He won a bronze medal in the men’s shot put F52/53 in London.

“I threw exactly the same number that I did in London but it was good enough for a silver here instead of just a bronze,” Severn said.

The 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, July 19-28, feature more than 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/lyon2013.

For more information, please contact Jamie Blanchard, U.S. Paralympics, at 719-237-2179 orjamie.blanchard@usoc.org

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