(L-R) Ray Martin and Gianfranco Iannotta celebrate after the 100-meter T52 at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships on Nov. 12, 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Brittni Mason (Cleveland, Ohio) set a world record in the women’s 100-meter T47, while Ray Martin (Jersey City, New Jersey) won the world title in the men’s 100 T52 to highlight the sixth day of competition at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships at the Dubai Club for People of Determination.
Dazzling Debut - In the first international Paralympic meet of her career, Mason arrived to the world’s stage in an unforgettable way. An NCAA Division I track athlete at Eastern Michigan, Mason set a world record in the 100 T47 with a time of 11.89 en route to the gold medal. She was joined on the podium by teammate Deja Young (Mesquite, Texas) who earned the silver medal in 11.94.
Grand Finale - In the final races of the 2019 world championships for Martin and Gianfranco Iannotta (Garfield, New Jersey), the duo raced to the gold and silver medals, finishing the 100 T52 in 16.88 and 16.96, respectively. In addition to his gold medal from today, Martin previously took home bronze in the 400 T52.
Silver Status - Isaac Jean-Paul (Grayslake, Illinois) jumped to the silver medal in the long jump T13, with his fifth jump recording a personal-best mark of 7.18. Amanda McGrory (Kennett Square, Pa.) earned silver in the 400 T54 (54.85), marking the third medal of her 2019 world championships campaign.
Team USA Results from Nov. 12
7 medals: 2 golds, 4 silvers, 1 bronze
Gold: Ray Martin (Jersey City, N.J.), men’s 100 T52 (16.88); Brittni Mason (Cleveland, Ohio), women’s 100 T47 (11.89)
Silver: Gianfranco Iannotta (Garfield, N.J.), men’s 100 T52 (16.96); Isaac Jean-Paul (Grayslake, Ill.), men’s long jump T13 (7.18); Amanda McGrory (Kennett Square, Pa.), women’s 400 T54 (54.85); Deja Young (Mesquite, Texas), women’s 100 T47 (11.94)
Bronze: Kym Crosby (Yuba City, Calif.), women’s 200 T13 (25.26)
Full results can be found on the World Para Athletics Championships website.
“It feels amazing. I’m honored. This is my first international meet so to be able to come out here and do this...it’s amazing. I’m still shocked and out of breath still."
“My coach from back home told me to execute my start and drive and be aggressive. I took his advice and it worked. I ended up running one of my fastest times, which is especially amazing this early in the season with only three weeks of training.
“I definitely feel the pressure now that I’m a newbie coming in. I know that my times are going to try to help push others, but it will help us all compete better.”
“It feels good. I didn’t have my best race earlier this week, but I knew the 100 was going to be my next shot, so I’m glad it came through. It took me a long time to catch up to this guy [Gianfranco Iannotta], but I think it was a really exciting race.”
“I feel amazing right now. To be honest, I really wanted to hit the board. This whole season I’ve been fouling. I fouled a lot of my jumps leading up to this world championships. To hit the board four times out of six, that’s a win in itself. This event is a great precursor. As I said, I’ve been fouling all year. To come here knowing I can put it all together at this major championships..I’m going for gold in Tokyo. My last jump would have won it, but I fouled.”
Wednesday will feature another race under the lights in Dubai for Mason and Young as they compete in the 200 T46. Roderick Townsend (Louisville, Kentucky) will return to the field to defend his high jump T46 world title, while Daniel Romanchuk (Mount Airy, Maryland) will race in his final event of the world championships in the 5000 T54.
How to Watch
Team USA fans can catch all the action of the World Para Athletics Championships on the Olympic Channel. Every evening session will be aired on Olympic Channel, while fans can stream morning sessions at OlympicChannel.com. The full schedule can be found on OlympicChannel.com.