Norman, Townsend and Young grab podium finishes in Doha

By Annemarie Blanco | Oct. 28, 2015, 3:22 p.m. (ET)

Roderick Townsend, pictured above, jumps to a second place finish in the men's high jump T47. 

DOHA - The newest generation of Team USA athletes took the spotlight at the Qatar Sports Club as the United States finished with three more podium finishes. After the seventh day of competition at the IPC Athletics World Championships, Team USA has ten gold, 11 silver and seven bronze medals for 28 medals total medals.

At only 19 years of age, Deja Young (Mesquite, Texas) won her first world championship medal in Doha after taking silver in the women’s 200 T47 with a time of 25.53. Cuba’s Yunidis Castillo took first place only a tenth of a second ahead of Young after clocking in with a time of 25.43.

“Today I feel amazing and very humbled,” said Young. “I fought to the finish and it was an amazing competition. I’m very happy with the win, anytime I’m on the podium it’s a good win. I’m just very happy to be here.”

Roderick Townsend (Stockton, California) took home his second world championship medal with a silver medal finish in the men’s long jump T47. On his third attempt, Townsend made his mark with a jump of 7.08. Townsend will look to take home a world title in his marquee event, the men’s high jump T47, in Thursday’s evening session.

“I’m feeling really good and excited about the high jump tomorrow,” Townsend said. “It’s not my best performance in the long jump today, but it’s not every day that you can go out and get a medal at the world championships.”

Grace Norman (Jamestown, Ohio) picked up her first medal in Doha with a bronze in the women’s 400 T44. After coming in at 1:03.83, Norman also broke the American record in her track and field world championships debut. This is the second world championship podium in as many months for Norman, after finishing second in the PT4 classification at the paratriathlon world championships in September.

“I was very surprised how well today went,” Norman said. “It was definitely painful during that last hundred meters. There were a lot of fast athletes out there and they pushed me a lot, I had a great first world championships experience.”

David Brown (St. Louis, Missouri) alongside guide Jerome Avery (Lemoore, California) ran a season’s best 22.70 to take the first place spot in the men’s 200 T11, qualifying as the top seed going into tomorrow night’s final. Brown and Avery will be looking to grab their second world title of the week and break their own world record of 22.41.

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