Breanna Clark Breaks 400m World Record On Final Day in Los Angeles

By Brianna Tammaro | June 04, 2017, 5:44 p.m. (ET)

Breanna Clark crosses the finish line to win the gold medal in the women's 400m - T20 final on day six of the Paralympic Games Rio 2016 at the Olmpic Stadium on September 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

  • Los Angeles native Breanna Clark shaves one second off T20 400-meter world record with time of 56.71.
  • Second world record caps off concluding day of the 2017 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships at UCLA.

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LOS ANGELES - In front of her home crowd, Breanna Clark (Los Angeles, California) wrote her name in the record books today when she broke the women’s T20 400-meter world record at the 2017 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships at UCLA.

Clark, who won gold in her Paralympic debut in Rio, shaved over one second off the previous record set in 2015 to cross the finish line in 56.71. The 23-year-old, whose mother won Olympic silver in the 4x400 at the 1976 Games in Montreal, has sights on making her first world championships team this summer in London.

Mikey Brannigan (East Northport, New York) ran a strong 1,500 race, opening his lead in the third lap to win convincingly with a time of 3:54.01, three seconds from the time that won him gold in the event in Rio. Brannigan has hopes for a challenging schedule at July’s World Para Athletics World Championships. He’ll seek to complete a distance trio with the 800, 1,500 and 5,000 for the T20 classification.

Team USA wheelchair racers Chelsea McClammer (Richland, Washington), Ray Martin (Jersey City, New Jersey) and Daniel Romanchuk (Mount Airy, Maryland) pulled off double wins today in the men’s and women’s 400 and 1,500 for their respective classes.

Other title-winning performances in Los Angeles today include Lex Gillette (Raleigh, North Carolina) in the men’s T11/12 long jump, AJ Digby (Bowling Green, Ohio) in the men’s T43 400, TaLeah Williams (Norfolk, Nebraska) in the women’s T43-47 400 and Alexa Halko (Williamsburg, Virginia) in the women’s 33/34/51/52 400.

Athletes who competed at nationals are vying to represent Team USA at the World Para Athletics Championships in London from July 14-23 and World Para Athletics Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland, from August 3-6.

QUOTES

Breanna Clark

“I had butterflies for today’s race, but I had to keep focused. On the straightaway, I knew I had to reach the finish at my own pace without slowing up.”

“I hope to break another world record in London and bring home gold to add to my one from Rio.”

Chelsea McClammer

“I was a little nervous about this season. I took a couple of months off after Rio so I thought I might have a slow season but going into Switzerland [and breaking three world records], I felt pretty good and after that I went into this meet with more confidence so it was pretty nice.”

Mikey Brannigan

“I’m going for three events in London and my main goal is to bring home gold for the U.S. and perform well. This was a great event to test my endurance and I know I’m strong and capable.”

RESULTS

Full results from the 2017 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships can be found at FinishedResults.com.