Browne wins Paralympic 200 at Drake Relays

By Katie Branham | April 24, 2015, 4:51 p.m. (ET)

Richard Browne won the first ambulatory Paralympic race in Drake Relays' history

DES MOINES, Iowa – Richard Browne (Jackson, Mississippi) won the men’s 200-meter Paralympic race in front of a crowd of more than 10,000 at the Drake Relays on Friday night.

The race marked the first time that the 106 years of the relays that a Paralympic ambulatory race was included in the program. The race offered a rare opportunity for visually impaired and amputee athletes to race head-to-head.

Browne, the reigning world record holder in the men’s T44 200, ran a smooth curve and powered through a headwind on the homestretch to break the tape in a time of 21.93 seconds.

“My first 120 was really good,” Browne said.  “And that is something we’ve been practicing, so I’m happy with that part of my race. That cold and that wind kind of took over after that, but I’m just happy to come out here to Drake and represent the Paralympics.”

Germany’s Felix Streng finished second in 22.49, while David Brown (St. Louis, Missouri) and guide Jerome Avery (Lamoore, California) finished third in 23.61.

“It was an awesome experience, and I thank the meet director Brian Brown for the invite,” Singleton said.  “The Drake Relays is awesome, and it’s good for the Paralympic athletes to get this exposure and get to run in front of America, which is something we don’t get to do very often.”

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