Thursday, Sept. 8

Lex Gillette

Medal Finishes

Track & Field

Lex Gillette (Raleigh, North Carolina) captured the first medal for Team USA at the 2016 Paralympic Games in a dramatic finish to Thursday’s morning session at Olympic Stadium. Gillette soared to his fourth-consecutive silver medal in the men’s long jump T11, adding to his collection from Athens, Beijing and London. MORE.


The U.S. Cycling team had a strong showing on day one of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, as four women won medals at the velodrome, highlighted by two hotly contested races. U.S. Army veteran and first-time Paralympian Shawn Morelli (Meadville, Pennsylvania) won Team USA's first gold medal of the Games. MORE.

Team USA secured three medals on the first night of action at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Rebecca Meyers (Baltimore, Maryland) won gold in historic fashion by setting a new world record in the women’s S13 100m butterfly. Jessica Long (Baltimore, Maryland) and Roy Perkins (Del Mar, California) claimed silver in the women’s S8 400m freestyle and men’s S5 200m freestyle, respectively. MORE.

Other Results

Women's Wheelchair Basketball
The U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team started the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in record-setting style with a 93-37 defeat of France in the opening round of pool play. The U.S. women set two new U.S. records for most points scored in a game (93 point) and largest margin of victory (56 points) at the Paralympic Games. MORE.

Wheelchair Basketball, Men
The U.S. Men’s Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball Team started the 2016 Games by almost doubling-up host country Brazil, 75-38, and was a complete team effort with all contributing. Leading the charge for Team USA was Brian Bell of Birmingham, Alabama, who dominated on both ends of the court scoring 15 points, five rebounds and 3 steals. MORE.

Table Tennis
Pam Fontaine had a strong showing against Korean athlete Lee Mi-Gyu, but finished short at three games to one. Table tennis action continues tomorrow with Tahl Leibovitz competing in the men’s singles class 9 completion. MORE.


Tammy Delano finished in 17th place today in R2 (Women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1) at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Delano (Rome, New York) made her Paralympic Games debut today at the Olympic Shooting Centre in R2 and called today’s match “the hardest thing (she’s) ever done — that’s just the mental part of it.” MORE.

Men's 7-a-Side Soccer
The U.S. tied the Netherlands 2-2 in men's 7-a-side soccer preliminaries at Deodoro Stadium. Adam Ballou (Virginia Beach, Virginia) scored both goals for the U.S. MORE.

Women's Goalball
Preliminary play got underway for the U.S. Women’s Goalball Team today, and it wasn’t the outcome they expected, as the team fell to host country Brazil. MORE.