Brown, Hart win world title at IPC Athletics World Championships

By Annemarie Blanco | Oct. 23, 2015, 11:08 a.m. (ET)

David Brown and guide Jerome Avery, pictured above, took home a gold medal on day two of the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships. 


DOHA - David Brown (St. Louis, Missouri) and Jaquvis Hart (Shreveport, Louisiana) claimed the first world titles of their careers as they led the way for Team USA to win three medals, two gold and one silver, on the second day of competition at the Qatar Sports Club in Doha. Team USA now owns nine medals, with four gold, four silver and one bronze.


Brown and guide Jerome Avery (Lemoore, California) stormed to the win in one of the marquee events of the night, the men’s 100m T11 final. Brown got out to an early lead and never relented as he out sprinted runner-up Felipe Gomes of Brazil by more than two-tenths of a second. Brown and Avery crossed the line in 11.03 seconds.


“It means a lot to me to win gold today, words cannot even describe it,” Brown gushed. “There’s no limit to how fast I can go and no limit to what I can do. All of the athletes out here have the potential to do incredible things.”


Jaquvis Hart, who also competes for Louisiana Tech, broke a championship record and won the first gold medal of the day for Team USA. Hart demolished his competition in the men’s 400 T47 clocking in with a time of 48.17 to eclipse his closest competitor by more than seven-tenths of a second.


“It’s really early in the training year for me so I wasn’t expecting to run that fast,” Hart said. “I just went out to achieve my best and came out with a win so that feels really good.”


Kerri Morgan (St. Louis, Missouri) won the silver medal in the women’s 200 T52 behind Marieke Vervoort of Belgium. Morgan crossed the line in a time of 37.60. Today’s second place finish gives Morgan her fifth career world championship win.


Tim Tanner (Clarksville, Tennessee) secured a spot in the men’s 100 T13 final after clocking in with a personal best of 11.55 in the semifinal round. Teammate Tyson Gunter (Pocatello, Idaho) also claimed a spot in the finals. Unfortunately, Aaron Pike (Park Rapids, Minnesota) was within one second of qualifying, but did not advance to the final. Chelsea McClammer (Richland, Washington) and Susannah Scaroni (Tekoa, Washington) each nabbed a spot in the women’s 1500 T54 final after both advancing automatically with top-three finishes in their heats.


Competition resumes tomorrow evening, October 24, with world recorder holder Rachael Morrison (Farmington Hills, Michigan) taking on the women’s F51 club final and Austin Handley (Madison, South Dakota) trying to beat out tough competition in the men’s 800 T38. Check out USParalympics.org for a live feed, official results, photos and more. Follow @USParalympics on Twitter for the latest news on Team USA.