Shaquille Vance wins silver in men's 200m (T42)

By Lindsay Wyskowski | Sept. 01, 2012, 7:47 a.m. (ET)

Watch Shaquille Vance
take home the silver'

LONDON – The second day of action at Olympic Stadium began with American sprinter Shaquille Vance capturing silver in the men’s T42 200-meter final in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

Vance, who also competes in the shot put in addition sprints, finished with a best time of 25.55, setting a new American record. The silver medal was the second for the U.S. in the track and field events, following a bronze medal won by Scot Severn in the men’s F52/53 shot put on Friday. The experience of competing at this level has made an impression on Vance already.

“All these people… it’s crazy, it’s amazing,” the 21-year-old said. “You know, you’d never think so many people would come out and watch the Paralympics, but this says it all. It shows who we are, and we’re just as hard-working as the Olympians.”

The Paralympic rookie said he was honored to represent the U.S. and was impressed by the gold medal winner, Great Britain’s Richard Whitehead. Whitehead broke the world record running a 24.38.

“I’ve got to just respect the guy,” he said. “He did it for his country in the same way I did it for mine. He broke the world record and progressed all the way here.” 

Vance will be competing in the 100m later in the week, and says his success today will play a role in how he prepares for that event. “It’s going to motivate me. Hopefully the 100 goes as good as the 200.”

Team USA’s Rudy Garcia-Tolson, best known in the pool, also competed in the 200m final and finished ninth with a personal best time of 26.97.

In Saturday morning’s field events, Markeith Price finished sixth in the men’s F13 long jump event with a top mark of 6.17 over six jumps, and Scott Winkler was 13th in the mens’ F54/55/56 shot put final with a best throw of 10.35.

Another round of event finals will be contested at Olympic Stadium Saturday evening.