SAN ANTONIO, Texas - David Prince's performance was worth the wait. On Saturday morning at the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships on the campus of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, Prince (Sarasota, Fla.) set a world record in the men's 200 meter (T44) race more than 12 hours after the race, originally scheduled for Friday, was postponed due to severe weather.
"Lightning won't be able to catch me," Prince joked Friday when the meet was postponed.
Neither could his competitors.
Prince clocked a 22.47 to erase the 22.49 world record set by South Africa's Arnu Fourie at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in September. Jarryd Wallace (Athens, Ga.) ran a 23.02 for second place while Jerome Singleton (Irmo, S.C.), who was fifth in the 200m in London, finished third with a 23.33.
Prince has been training with coach Loren Seagrave in Bradenton, Fla., alongside two-time Beijing 2008 Olympic Games gold medalist LaShawn Merritt of the United States and London 2012 Olympic Games gold medalist Demetrius Pinder of the Bahamas.
"It has been fantastic," Prince said. "I've learned a lot about how to be patient, how to train correct so it's been great. Training with LaShawn Merritt, Demetrius Pinder and those guys has been really motivating. It has been really good to get out here and run."
Prince, who grew up in Oaxaca, Mexico, with missionary parents, had his leg amputated after a motorcycle accident. Yet, he has the same training regimen as able-bodied champions.
"There is absolutely no difference," Prince said of his training versus those of his Olympic training mates. "We do the same thing. We do the same warm-up, the same exercises. We have to modify some things just a little bit but really it is the exact same. Coaches are finding out that it is actually pretty easy because we all work really, really, really hard. We don't play."
Prince also holds the world record in the 400m.
Richard Browne (Jackson, Miss.), who has a knee injury and has been off crutches for only two weeks, withdrew from the 200m to focus on the 100m race that will be contested Saturday evening. Running in an unsanctioned competition, Browne tied the 10.85 world record in the 100m on June 8.
Blake Leeper (Kingsport, Tenn.) won the men's 200m (T43) with a 23.09. At the 2012 Paralympic Games, Leeper won a bronze medal in the 200m.
Other highlights of the morning session include sisters Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Md.), three-time gold medalist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and Hannah McFadden (Clarksville, Md.) finishing 1-2 in both the women's 200m and 800m (T54) races. Three-time London medalist Shirley Reilly (Tucson, Ariz.) topped Chelsea McClammer (Benton City, Wash.), 2:01.20 to 2:01.50, to win the women's 800m (T53).
Austin Pruitt (Green Acres, Wash.) upset 2012 Paralympic Games gold medalist Raymond Martin (Jersey City, N.J.) to win the men's 800m (T34/51/52), 1:59.67 to 2:03.80. Martin, who won the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m (T52) races in London, rebounded to beat Pruitt in the men's 200m.
World record holder Jeremy Campbell (Perryton, Texas) won the men's discus (F44) with a throw of 61.46 meters, almost 15 meters further than the 46.80 thrown by Brazilian Marco Lima Borges, who finished second. Campbell's world record is 63.46.
Action continues at 6 p.m. local time Saturday. The 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships, the U.S. qualification opportunity for the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, concludes June 16.
The U.S. roster for the world meet will be announced by June 18.
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