U.S. athletes collect 11 medals, including four golds, on day nine of the World Para Athletics Championships
Jarryd Wallace, Sam Grewe, Ray Martin and Mikey Brannigan win world titles in London
LONDON - Team USA put on a show under the lights of London Olympic Stadium on Saturday evening with its most successful performance of the World Para Athletics Championships, winning 11 medals. The U.S. is now only four medals behind China with 53 medals overall (19 gold, 17 silver, 17 bronze).
Isaac Jean-Paul (Grayslake, Illinois) started off the medal haul for Team USA in the morning, capturing his second medal of the world championships with bronze in the men’s T13 long jump, leaping 6.84 meters. The Paralympic newcomer picked up his first world title in the men’s high jump on Tuesday after resetting his own world record three times during the competition.
Jarryd Wallace (Athens, Georgia) was a man on a mission in the men’s T44 200. After missing Doha due to injury and taking bronze in the 100 last weekend, the 27-year-old shot out of the start and separated himself from the pack to reclaim his world title from 2013, clocking in at 22.37.
The quest for triple gold in the middle- and long-distance races lived on tonight for Mikey Brannigan (East Northport, New York), who cruised to a victory in the men’s T20 800, breaking the tape at 1:54.24. Already a gold medalist in the 1,500, the Paralympic champion will go for another world title tomorrow morning in the 5,000.
In the men’s T42 high jump, Sam Grewe (Middlebury, Indiana) defended his world crown after clearing a height of 1.86, matching his silver medal-winning jump from Rio. Grewe didn’t enter the competition until 1.71 and made the 1.86 mark on his final attempt to seal the gold.
Team USA had double podiums in three events tonight: the men’s T52 100, women’s T53/54 5,000 and the men’s T43 200. In the 100, Ray Martin (Jersey City, New Jersey) repeated his success from the 2012 Paralympics when he clocked 16.83 to finish first, followed by Gianfranco Iannotta (Garfield, New Jersey) in third (17.54). In the 5,000, Amanda McGrory (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania) grabbed silver with a time of 12:33.64 and was accompanied on the podium by U.S. teammate Chelsea McClammer (Richland Washington) who finished less than one second later. Hunter Woodhall (Syracuse, Utah) capped off the night with silver in the 200 in a time of 21.72 alongside compatriot Nick Rogers (Lisbon, Maine), who won his first international medal with bronze in 21.88.
Other top-10 finishes:
AJ Digby (Bowling Green, Ohio): men’s T43 200, 4th
Jerome Singleton (Irmo, South Carolina): men’s T44 200, 4th
Tanner Wright (Abilene, Texas): men’s T47 200, 4th
Susannah Scaroni (Urbana, Illinois): women’s T53/54 5,000, 6th
David Prince (Marietta, Georgia): men’s T44 200, 7th
“It’s amazing. To be able to have a gold medal in front of these amazing fans with my wife here is absolutely spectacular. The atmosphere was great. The weather was a little bit cold; we had proper English weather this week so the times were probably not as fast as I was hoping but to be able to hold off some other great athletes and come out on top was a great feeling.”
“Go back four years [to Lyon] and this event was my first world title, first world record and first gold medal on the world stage. To fast forward now and be able to reclaim that world title is a great feeling. The fans here were amazing, the race was executed the way we planned and we took care of business.”
“Obviously a win's a win and I’m very excited for that. My mark is what I jumped in Rio, which bested the championship record I set in Doha. To be here in front of a crowd this big and supportive was amazing. This is my favorite meet that I’ve ever been to by far. It’s been a really great season filled with PR’s and I’m just happy to have a rest.”
“The race was perfect. I got out fast and I was strong and confident throughout the race. I believed in myself and knew I could have that kind of performance in front of all of these fans.”
“I feel pretty good. I have to rest and recover and save it for the 5,000 tomorrow morning. I have 15 hours to recuperate so I can be ready to put on a big show and performance.”
“I feel like these championships turned around for me. I didn’t have the start I wanted in the 1,500 and the 400, but I remember that the 100 was my first race in London 2012 and I had to figure out how to go into that and come out with my first win. Tonight, I put myself back into that mindset and it worked out really well.”
“The crowd was great; participation is key. Once they get next to you and start clapping, it motivates you to go further.”
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.