LONDON - Breanna Clark (Los Angeles, California) and Isaac Jean-Paul (Grayslake, Illinois) shattered two world records on day five of the World Para Athletics Championships at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Team USA tallied five medals and continues to lead the field with 34 medals, including 14 golds, at the world championships.
Clark started the night off strong for Team USA, setting a world record in the T20 400-meter. Clark bolted from the blocks and never looked back as she ran to the first world title of her career in 56.33, finishing the race more than three seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
Jean-Paul rewrote the history books in the T13 high jump in his world championship debut as he cleared three world-record heights in a row before taking two attempts with his final clearance and record-setting height of 2.17 meters. Jean-Paul’s assault on the record books came less than a month after he broke a 14-year-old world record by jumping 2.10 meters to win the national title. He was joined on the podium by his teammate Tyson Gunter (Pocatello, Idaho) who jumped to a tie for the silver medal with a height of 1.88.
Deja Young (Dallas, Texas), who previously secured the gold in the T47 200, added the world title in the 100 to her list of accomplishments at the championships by running the 100 in a season-best mark of 12.39.
To conclude the dominating day for Team USA, Raymond Martin (Jersey City, New Jersey) grabbed his second silver of the championships, finishing the T52 400 in 57.31.
Other top-10 finishes:
Josh Cinnamo (Lakeville, Minnesota): F46 shot put, 4th place
Gianfranco Iannotta (Garfield, New Jersey): T52 400, 5th place
Regas Woods (Dunnellon, Florida): T42 long jump, 5th place
Brian Siemann (Millstone, New Jersey): T53 400, 6th place
Erik Hightower (Glendale, Arizona): T54 200, 7th place
Desmond Jackson (Durham, North Carolina): T42 long jump, 7th place
Competition continues tomorrow at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and concludes Sunday, July 23.QUOTES
“It feels amazing. To compete in front of these fans, hear everyone scream USA while I was jumping, it was a great experience, especially at this stadium. I give all glory to God. He really pushed me through this. I didn’t really have a good collegiate outdoor season this year, so it was great that I was able to put everything together at this meet at this time.”
“It felt good. In Doha I got second, and that was only my second Paralympic meet so this is finally spreading my legacy a little bit. I can’t wait to show you guys what I have in store for you next year.”
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. A daily livestream of the championships is also available at Paralympic.org.
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.