Brown, Severn Capture Silver At World Para Athletics Championships

By Brianna Tammaro | July 21, 2017, 6:26 p.m. (ET)

David Brown and guide compete in the men's 100m T11 final during day two of the World Para Athletics Championships at London Stadium on July 15, 2017 in London, England.

  • David Brown and guide Jerome Avery won their first 200-meter world championship medal with silver in London.

  • Scot Severn defended his world and 2016 Paralympic silver medal in the men’s shot put to collect Team USA’s second medal of the night.

  • The U.S. heads into the ninth day of competition with 42 overall medals, placing second in the medal count behind China


LONDON - Team USA came away with two silver medals on the eighth night of competition at the World Para Athletics Championships in London, bringing the overall medal count to 42 (15 gold, 15 silver, 12 bronze) for the red, white and blue.


David Brown (St. Louis, Missouri) and guide Jerome Avery (Lemoore, California) started the night off for Team USA as they took home silver in the 200. The medal marked the first world championship medal in the 200 for Brown, who placed fourth in the event at the 2013 and 2015 world championships. They added to their gold won in the 100 nearly a week ago.


Though they crossed the finish line in third with a time of 23.35, Brown and Avery walked away with the silver medal after the duo from France was disqualified due to the guide, Yannick Fonsat, finishing ahead of his runner, Timothee Adolphe. Brown and Avery will line up for their final race on Sunday in the men’s T11-13 4x100 relay.


Army veteran Scot Severn (Caro, Michigan) repeated his Rio success in the men’s F53 shot put, capturing silver with a season-best throw of 8.13 meters. With the performance, the three-time Paralympian won his first medal of the championships and defended his world silver from 2015 in Doha.


In the men’s T34 200, Austin Pruitt (Spokane, Washington) placed eighth with a time of 29.97.


A number of U.S. athletes took care of business to qualify for tomorrow’s finals. Mikey Brannigan (East Northport, New York) was the top qualifier in the men’s T20 800, as well as newcomer Tanner Wright (Abilene, Texas) in the men’s T47 200. Jarryd Wallace (Athens, Georgia) also finished as the fastest qualifier in the men’s T44 200. He will be joined in the final by Jerome Singleton (Irmo, South Carolina) and David Prince (Marietta, Georgia).


Saturday will also feature other exciting events for Team USA, including the men’s T42 high jump with Sam Grewe (Middlebury, Indiana); men’s T52 100 with Ray Martin (Jersey City, New Jersey) and Gianfranco Iannotta (Garfield, New Jersey); women’s T53/54 5,000 with Amanda McGrory (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania), Chelsea McClammer (Richland, Washington) and Susannah Scaroni (Urbana, Illinois); and the men’s T43 200 with Hunter Woodhall (Syracuse, Utah), AJ Digby (Bowling Green, Ohio) and Nick Rogers (Lisbon, Maine).


David Brown

“Of course everyone wants to get gold, but I’m still happy that I was able to win a medal for Team USA. It does boost my confidence to know that it’s in me and to know that there’s more to come. Congratulations to China [on winning gold] but also look out for the years to come because we’re only getting better.”

“That was really emotional. I was really going for it but this kind of stuff happens. I just want my guide to be healthy and for him to be okay than for me to get the victory any day. I still need him.”

Scot Severn

“It’s always motivating when you look at your medal shelf and all you see is silver and bronze. I would love to have a gold to add to that before my career is over.”


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 for air dates and times. A daily livestream of the championships is also available at


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.