On Day 4 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Mallory Weggemann won a gold medal.
Oksana Masters and Rob Jones, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, won a historic bronze medal for Team USA.
The U.S. trunk and arms mixed double sculls crew of Rob Jones and Oksana Masters won bronze at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in Eton Dorney, outside London, on Sept. 2, 2012. It marked the first Paralympic medal in the trunk and arms mixed double sculls event for Team USA.
"I promised not to cry," Masters said after receiving her medal. "I feel pretty amazing. Oh my God I thought we came fourth, I had no idea. I am speechless, this is unreal. We have been together less than a year."
China won gold in 3:57.63, with France taking silver in 4:03.06. The U.S. crew was in sixth place at the start, but worked its way through the field, crossing the line in 4:05.56 to edge out Great Britain by 0.21 seconds.
"My body hurts," Jones said. "I couldn't really tell where we were at the end. We just sprinted and pulled out everything we had. We just couldn't quite catch France. I knew we were pretty close in the last 600 meters. I knew that was the time to empty the bank account of all the work we have been doing over the last year to get the bronze. Thankfully that was enough."
Jones is a former U.S. Marine Sergeant who became a bilateral above knee amputee in July of 2010 while serving in Afghanistan. Masters, also a bilateral above-knee amputee, was adopted from the Ukraine at age 7.
Other action from Sept. 2, 2012:
- Rudy Garcia-Tolson broke his own world record on the 200 meter individual medley (S7) in the preliminaries at the Aquatic Center in Olympic Park. The record, which Garcia-Tolson set initially in Beijing in 2008, stood at 2:35:48 until the finals, where Garcia-Tolson settled for silver as Yevheniy Bohodayko of the Ukraine broke the world record with a time of 2:33.13..
- Mallory Weggemann led the U.S. efforts in the pool Sunday night with her first gold medal of the 2012 London Paralympic Games while Kelley Becherer was also crowned champion, winning a tightly-contested showdown in the 100m freestyle (S13).. In all, the Americans picked up four more medals with Garcia-Tolson and Rebecca Anne Meyers also finishing on the podium.
- In the final bend of the women's 5000m (T54) race on the morning of Sept. 2, 2012, Shirley Reilly burst from the pack to secure the silver medal behind Switzerland’s Edith Wolf at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Reilly crossed the line in 12:27.91, just off the 12:27.87 winning time.
- U.S. athletes competed in seven track and field medal events tonight, after a strong showing in the qualifying rounds, and brought home four medals including gold and bronze medals in the men's T52 100m. “I am so excited,” said Raymond Martin, who prevailed in a men's T52 100m field over American teammate Paul Nitz. “The 100 is not my best, to be golden is unbelievable.” With a time of 22.46 in the men’s T43/44 200, Blake Leeper opened his first ever Games with a bronze, behind Brazil’s Alan Oliveira and South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius. April Holmes also won a bronze in the women’s T44 100m.
- On the final day of track cycling the American team of Joe Berenyi, Sam Kavanagh and Jennifer Schuble collected the U.S. team’s fifth medal of the track cycling competition, the first in a team event. Competing in the final event of the track cycling competition, the mixed C1 to C5 team sprint event, the trio each did their part to secure the bronze medal win over the Czech Republic 52.749 to 54.128, respectively.
To commemorate the one year anniversary of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, USParalympics.org will look back on the best performances of the Games through Sept. 9.