Sam Grewe competes at the 2019 Parapan American Games on Aug. 25, 2019 in Lima, Peru.
Josh Cinnamo (San Diego, California) and Sam Grewe (Middlebury, Indiana) highlighted a 14-medal night for Team USA athletes, breaking world records in the men’s shot put F46 and men’s high jump T42-47/63-64, respectively, at the Villa Deportiva Nacional Videna Athletics Stadium on Sunday.
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Breaking records – Cinnamo and Grewe broke world records on the second day of track and field competition at the 2019 Parapan American Games. Cinnamo smashed his own world mark in the men’s shot put F46 by over half a meter, throwing 16.49-meters for his first major international medal. Grewe edged the previous high jump T63 world record by four centimeters, jumping 1.90-meters for his first Parapan American title.
U.S. podium sweep – David Prince (Marietta, Georgia), Kevan Hueftle (Eustis, Nebraska) and Jerome Singleton (Irmo, South Carolina) swept all three places on the podium in the men’s 200-meter T64. Prince lead the charge with his first medal at a major international competition since 2015. Hueftle earned a silver medal in his international debut with Team USA with Singleton rounding out the podium with bronze.
Golden debuts – Sydney Barta (Arlington, Virginia), Cinnamo, Kym Crosby (Yuba City, California), Justin Phongsavanh (Des Moines, Iowa) and Deja Young (Mesquite, Texas) all impressed at their first Parapan American Games, winning gold in their respective events. For Phongsavanh, this was his first-ever international medal at a competition with Team USA.
Team USA Results
14 medals (7 gold, 5 silver, 2 bronze)
Gold (7): Sydney Barta (Arlington, Va.) – women’s 200m T64 (28.09); Josh Cinnamo (San Diego, Calif.) – men’s shot put F46 (16.49); Kym Crosby (Yuba City, Calif.) – women’s 100m T13 (12.43); Sam Grewe (Middlebury, Ind.) – men’s high jump T42-47/63-64 (1.90m); Justin Phongsavanh (Des Moines, Iowa) – men’s javelin F54 (30.56m); David Prince (Marietta, Ga.) – men’s 200m T64 (22.73); Deja Young (Mesquite, Texas) – women’s 200m T47 (24.86)
Silver (5): Phillip Croft (Spokane, Wash.) – men’s 800m T53 (1:53.64); Ezra Frech (Los Angeles, Calif.) – men’s high jump T42-47/63-64 (1.74m); Kevan Hueftle (Eustis, Neb.) – men’s 200m T64 (23.21); Beatriz Hatz (Lakewood, Colo.) – women’s 200m T64 (28.13); Markeith Price (Baltimore, Md.) – men’s 400m T13 (51.34)
Bronze (2): Sebastiana Lopez-Arellano (New Braunfels, Texas) – women’s shot put F53/54/55 (7.63m); Jerome Singleton (Irmo, S.C.) – men’s 200m T64 (24.04)
World Record: Josh Cinnamo (San Diego, Calif.) – gold, men’s shot put F46 (16.49); Sam Grewe (Middlebury, Ind.) – gold, men’s high jump T42-47/63-64 (1.90m)
Full results can be found at TeamUSA.org/Parapan2019 and Lima 2019’s website.
“It’s so exciting [that we’re only a year away from the 2020 Paralympic Games]. There’s a lot that has to happen between now and then but to be where I am now and to see my last jumps, I know there is so much height left. There’s a lot of room to grow; I’d like to clear two meters in Tokyo and I think I’m setting myself up to do just that.”
“It’s all about timing and I hope I’m not peaking now. This mark is indicative of what I can do but I hope it’s not the end of the road. World champion has been the title I’ve wanted this year. That doesn’t take away from this; this is great. It’s just a step in the process. Even though it’s a world record today, it’s going to take a lot more to win next year.”
“I was really happy with my time. This was my first time running this fast internationally, so I’m really pleased with that. This is a great step ahead towards getting ready for world championships. It makes me feel good because my training is finally falling into place. I’m really excited to see what’s coming next.”
“I’ve looked up to Sam [Grewe] for four to five years now. He’s been such an amazing mentor and I’m so grateful to be here and go first and second with him. He’s an incredible person and I’m so thankful to shadow him at his competition and help each other out there.”
“Going into it, I was just hoping to medal so I did not expect this to happen. [The race] was really close, too. Those are the races I live for. It’s great to have such good competitors in my class.”
What To Watch
After heating up the high jump with a silver medal, Ezra Frech (Los Angeles, California) returns to competition aiming to make the podium again the men’s long jump T63/64 final as events continue Monday. Fellow Los Angeles native Breanna Clark will begin her Parapan American campaign with the event she won her Paralympic gold in, the women’s 400m T20 final. Gianfranco Iannotta (Garfield, N.J.) and Isaiah Rigo (Cheney, Wash.) will face off again in the men’s 100m T52 final, Iannotta’s strongest event where he earned his Paralympic and world championship titles. Rigo edged Iannotta on Sunday in the men’s 400m T52. In the men’s long jump T47, Tobi Fawehinmi (Arlington, Texas) will make his Parapan Am debut alongside U.S. teammate Tanner Wright (Fort Worth, Texas).
Coverage of the 2019 U.S. Parapan American Team can be found at TeamUSA.org/Parapan2019. Visit TeamUSA.org/USADaily to sign up to receive the USA Daily, a digital news blast that provides Team USA results and highlights each night via email during the Games. Livestream of the Parapan American Games Lima 2019 is also available on TeamUSA.org/Live.
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