Alexa Halko Caps Off World Championship Run With Third Medal

By Brianna Tammaro | July 20, 2017, 6:34 p.m. (ET)

 Alexa Halko, pictured at the Paralympic Games Rio 2016, captured her third medal with silver tonight in the women's T34 400-meters at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London.

LONDON - Alexa Halko (Williamsburg, Virginia) led Team USA on night seven of the World Para Athletics Championships at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, winning silver in the women’s T34 400-meter. With tonight’s medal, the U.S. sits in second in the overall medal count with 44 medals (15 gold, 13 silver, 12 bronze), just four behind China.

Halko, who is only 17 years old, closed out her London campaign on a successful note, finishing second with a personal-best and American record time of 59.93. The 2016 Paralympic silver medalist in the event finished with three medals at the world championships, including bronze in the 100 on the opening day of competition and silver in the 800 on Monday.

Team USA was within reach of the podium in several races, including a fifth-place finish by Paralympian Brian Siemann (Millstone, New Jersey) in the men’s T53 800. Newcomer Jaleen Roberts (Spokane, Washington), who has already captured two medals in London, placed sixth in the women’s T37 400, while fellow Washington native Austin Pruitt (Spokane, Washington) finished eighth in the men’s T34 800.

Competition continues tomorrow at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and concludes Sunday, July 23.  

QUOTES

Alexa Halko

“Getting off the start, I was just trying to get off super fast and burst out of that first 100 [meters]. Looking back at that time, I think it really shows how much work I’ve been putting into it. It’s motivating to see that my times are reflecting the goals what I’ve been working towards.”

[On how it feels to win three medals in London]

“It feels awesome. I’m always working for the gold so it’s great motivation for the next world championships and Games.”

COVERAGE

With the launch of the "Olympic Channel: Home to Team USA," fans of Team USA can watch 12 hours of World Para Athletics Championships competition starting on Saturday, July 15 and continuing each day until the championships close on Sunday, July 23. Visit TeamUSA.org for air dates and times. A daily livestream of the championships is also available at Paralympic.org.

RESULTS

Full results from the World Para Athletics Championships can be found here. Follow U.S. Paralympics on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updated information during the event.

For more information, please contact Brianna Tammaro, U.S. Paralympics, at +1 719-237-2179 or Brianna.Tammaro@usoc.org.