Team USA wraps up world championships with three silver medals

By Annemarie Blanco | Oct. 31, 2015, 12:41 p.m. (ET)

The men's 4x100 relay team consisting of David Prince, Richard Browne, Trenton Merrill and Roderick Townsend took home a silver medal on the last day of the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships. 

DOHA - It was a successful run for Team USA at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships as they closed out competition in Doha, Qatar with 39 medals to finish as the third-ranked country in the overall medal count behind China and Russia, respectively. On the tenth and final day, the U.S. added three silver medals to take home a haul of 13 gold, 16 silver and ten bronze medals.

In the men’s 4x100 meter relay, Team USA sprinters Trenton Merrill (San Juan Capistrano,California) , David Prince (Venice, Florida), Roderick Townsend (Stockton, California) and Richard Browne (Jackson, Mississippi) snagged a second place finish after a struggle in the exchange between Townsend and Browne in the last leg of the relay. The men recorded a season best of 42.91 but fell short to Germany who took the gold with a time of 41.86.

“It’s a little disheartening that we didn’t get the gold,” Browne. “But we can’t be disappointed with a silver. I take full responsibility for my team in getting second place but we’ll get them next year in Rio.”

Kerry Morgan (St. Louis, Missouri) grabbed up a silver in the women’s 400 T52 after finishing with a time of 1:12.55. This marks Morgan’s third silver medal in Doha after taking second in both the women’s 100 and 200 T52 races.

“I feel tired but great,” said Morgan. “That race was pretty good. I fatigued a little at the end and was hoping to keep my pace but all in all it was an amazing championship and I’m going home with three medals. I definitely can’t complain.”

In a fitting fashion, Alexa Halko (Williamsburg, Virginia), who picked Team USA’s first medal in Doha, also took home a second place finish in the last race of the competition. Halko grabbed a silver medal in the women’s 400 T34 after clocking in with a time of 1:04.20.

“It went really well; I got a better start than I thought,” Halko said. “It let me move for the rest of the race so it was slightly easier to get going. Doha has been amazing. Just getting to compete against all of these incredible athletes from so many different countries and we’re all in the same race is just amazing.”

Other notable performances include Austin Pruitt’s (Spokane, Washington) eighth place finish in the 200 T34 with a time of 29.78 and Josh Roberts’ (Morris, Alabama) seventh place finish in the men’s 400 T52 with a time of 1:12.33.

Over 100 countries and 1,300 athletes competed in Doha with the United States’ 81 athlete roster showcasing their young and veteran talent heading into the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in September. For daily recaps and photo galleries of Team USA from the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships, go to USParalympics.org.