Breanna Clark celebrates after winning the women's 400-meter T20 on Nov. 15, 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – On the ninth and final day of competition at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships, Josh Cinnamo (Lakeville, Minnesota) set a world record in the men’s shot put F46 en route to the gold medal at the Dubai Club for People of Determination. Team USA returns home with 34 total medals, including 12 golds, 10 silvers and 12 bronzes to finish fourth in the medal standings behind China, Brazil and Great Britain.
World’s greatest – Cinnamo opened up competition in an unforgettable way, throwing to a mark of 16.80 meters on his first attempt and besting his own world record that was previously set at 16.49 from the Parapan American Games in August. Friday’s gold marks the first world championship medal for Cinnamo.
Defending her crown – Breanna Clark (Los Angeles, California) successfully defended her world title, running to the gold medal in the women’s 400 T20 in a season-best time of 56.35. Clark is the reigning Paralympic champion in the event, and she is coached by her mother Rosalyn Clark who is an Olympic silver medalist in track and field.
Podium finish – Nick Rogers (Lisbon Falls, Maine) earned the bronze medal in the men’s 400 T62 after crossing the finish line in 52.13. This marks the second world championships medal of Rogers’ career.
Team USA Results from Nov. 15
3 medals: 2 golds, 1 bronze
Gold: Josh Cinnamo (Lakeville, Minn.), men’s shot put F46 (16.80); Breanna Clark (Los Angeles, Calif.), women’s 400 T20 (56.35)
Bronze: Nick Rogers (Lisbon Falls, Maine), men’s 400 T62 (52.13)
Full results can be found on the World Para Athletics Championships website.
“[My coach] Larry had a plan that started two years ago and this is almost exactly where we thought we would be, only about 20 centimeters short. For about 850 days since I finished off the podium in London in 2017, I promised myself that wouldn’t be the case again. Obviously when you have a good performance like this, it’s exciting. There’s not a whole lot to say. There are a lot of emotions.”
“It think I ran well. I probably went out a little too fast in the beginning, so I started to die towards the end. But I held on fairly well. This makes me feel pretty good. I’m very excited and thankful.