Team USA Claims Three Medals on Opening Night of the World Para Athletics Championships

By Olivia Truby | July 14, 2017, 6 p.m. (ET)

Alexa Halko took home bronze in the T34 100-meter on the opening night of the World Para Athletics Championships.

LONDON - On the opening night of the World Para Athletics Championships, Team USA’s women secured one silver and two bronze medals at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Alexa Halko (Williamsburg, Virginia) won the first medal of the evening for Team USA, taking bronze in the T34 100-meter. The 2016 Paralympic bronze medalist finished the race in a time of 18.43.

Americans claimed a pair of medals in the T51 women's club throw. Cassie Mitchell (Warner, Oklahoma) took home silver (23.37-meters), while Rachael Morrison (Farmington Hills, Michigan) finished in third (22.92).

Rounding out the day for Team USA was Erik Hightower (Glendale, Arizona) who placed fifth in the T54 100 in a time of 14.62.

Competition continues tomorrow at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and concludes Sunday, July 23. 

QUOTES
Alexa Halko
“It felt great. Getting out on the start I felt was the main key for me. I’ve been working on those starts, so I think it worked on that one. Getting out on that start and pushing through all the way.”

Cassie Mitchell
On medaling alongside teammate Rachael Morrison...
“When you have two American flags go up, it’s really special. To do it with a personal-best, I really can’t ask for much more than that.”

COVERAGE
With the launch of the "Olympic Channel: Home to Team USA," fans of Team USA can watch 12 hours of World Para Athletics Championships competition starting on Saturday, July 15 and continuing each day until the championships close on Sunday, July 23. Visit
TeamUSA.org for air dates and times.

RESULTS
Full results from the World Para Athletics Championships can be found
here. Follow U.S. Paralympics on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updated information during the event.