Team USA wins six medals on sixth day in Doha

By Annemarie Blanco | Oct. 27, 2015, 3:13 p.m. (ET)

Lex Gillette, center, defends his world title in the men's long jump T11 by winning gold in Doha. 

DOHA--Team USA had one of its most impressive performances yet at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships, winning six additional medals on the sixth day of competition--three gold, two silver and one bronze. The United States still stands in third place in the overall medal tally behind China and Germany with 25 medals.

Lex Gillette (Raleigh, North Carolina) held onto his world title as he took gold in the men’s long jump T11. Gillette jumped to the lead with his first attempt and increased his lead on his fifth attempt as he outdistanced runner-up Elchin Muradov of Azerbaijan by 11 centimeters. Gillette’s winning mark was 6.38-meters.

“The long jump was great today,” Gillette said. “I had a slight hiccup on my fourth attempt when I jumped and landed outside of the pit, but those things are a part of the event. I’ll put my body on the line every time for Team USA, especially if I can come out with a gold!”

It’s been nothing but gold for Ray Martin (Jersey City, New Jersey) as he took home his second world title in the men’s 100 T52, clocking in with a time of 17.36. Martin also won gold in the men’s 1500 T52 just one day prior.

“I feel great,” Martin said. “The 100-meter has always been sort of my achilles heel. The fact that I’m getting better and better at it just makes me more confident going into Rio.”

Rachael Morrison (Farmington Hills, Michigan) smashed her competition, breaking a world record in the women’s discus throw F52 after throwing an incredible 12.86 on her third attempt. Morrison will end her time in Doha taking home gold and silver medals after taking second place in the women’s club throw F51 just three days earlier.

Kym Crosby (Yuba City, California) picked up her first international medal after sprinting to a second place finish in the women’s 200 T13, just behind Russia’s Ilse Hayes.

“It felt amazing out there,” Crosby said. “I was a little nervous going out there since it’s my first international competition. I didn’t know what to expect coming here, so far I’m having a blast and enjoying every minute of it.”

Hunter Woodhall (Syracuse, Utah) raced to a silver medal in the men’s 400 T44 with a personal best of 49.05. Woodhall was able to come ahead of some of the world’s toughest competition, including teammates David Prince (Venice, Florida) who took fifth and A.J. Digby (Bowling Green, Ohio) in sixth. Woodhall, 16, now owns two medals in his world championship debut after capturing bronze in the 200 on Sunday.

“I think I ran a good race and grabbed a personal best and that’s really all I came here for,” Woodhall said. “It’s my first world championships so I’m still young in the game, but it feels good to get my second medal.”

Newcomer David Blair (Eagle Mountain, Utah) picked up his second medal of the competition, taking home a bronze in the men’s shot put F44 and breaking an American record. Blair was sitting off of the podium after four attempts but with a record-setting 15.49 throw on the fifth, secured the bronze medal. Blair also medaled on the first day of competition after finishing second next to teammate Jeremy Campbell (Perryton, Texas) in the men’s discus F44.

“The competition was a lot of fun,” said Blair. “ There was only one centimeter between first and second place and three centimeters between third and fourth, so it was very close. It’s nice to come away with the bronze. It’s my first world championship’s so it has been nice to come away with two medals.”

Chelsea McClammer (Richland, Washington) just missed the podium in the women’s 800 T54 with a fourth place finish to clock in at 1:54.10, only two one-hundredths of a second behind Australia’s Angela Ballard. In a tough battle to the end, Cheri Madsen (Union, Nebraska) took the fourth spot in the women’s 400 T52 with a season best of 57.00.

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