U.S. Paralympics

U.S. Paralympics

Jul 25 Tatyana McFadden wins two world titles on Day 6

By Jamie M. Blanchard | July 25, 2013, 5:30 p.m. (ET)
Tatyana McFaddenTatyana McFadden won her fourth and fifth world titles of 2013 on Thursday.

LYON, France - Less than two hours after winning the women's 1500 meter T54 world championship today, Tatyana McFadden won the women's 100m T54 race at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France. Her titles were two of the seven medals won on Day 6 by United States track and field athletes including Raymond Martin, who claimed his fourth gold medal of the championships.

Team USA is tied with Russia for No. 1 in the overall medal count with 35 medals (12 golds, 11 silvers and 12 bronzes). In the gold medal count, the U.S. ranks second to Russia by three gold medals.

"I was really nervous today," McFadden (Clarksville, Md.) said. "I knew that today would be my toughest because I had two finals in two races that are completely different from each other. I am relieved to have the performances that I did and win both of them. My body hurts, my hips really hurt, but I just have one event to go."  

McFadden is trying to win six gold medals. She already has victories in the 100m, 200m, 800m, 1500m and 5000m. "Six gold medals is the goal," she said.

The semifinal and final for the 400m are Friday and Saturday.

"Today was just really tricky for me so I do feel better to have it done," she said. "The 1500 is a race that you can never predict. Sometimes it can be a three lap sprint. Other times, it can be really slow. Today it was really fast and it took a lot of energy. Then I had to follow it with a 100."

At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, McFadden finished third in the 100m.

"The 100 is always really tough because one mistake and you're done," McFadden said. "In the beginning, I did start out a little slow but I don't think it was as slow as in London. In practice, I just have to keep working and working and working until it's quicker and quicker. It's a really tough field."

Hannah McFadden (Clarksville, Md.) finished the women's 100m T54 in 18.00, which put her in sixth place overall. Kelsey LeFevour (Chicago, Ill.) followed in seventh place with in a time of 18.04.

In the 1500m, Shirley Reilly (Tucson, Ariz.) finished sixth with a time 3:35.21 while Amanda McGrory (Kennett Square, Pa.) ran a 3:36.13 to place ninth.

Martin, the United States Olympic Committee's 2012 Paralympic SportsMan of the Year for his four gold medal performance in London, now has four gold medals in Lyon. He has yet to race the men's 400m T52.

In the 200m, an event where he holds the world record, Martin (Jersey City, N.J.) raced a championship best 31.48.

"This race went really well, this event is my favorite," Martin said. "I perfectly get off the blocks and after 90m I knew I would win. I was feeling confident before the race now it is one more to go so I have to refocus and I am looking forward for tomorrow. I wish I could go for the marathon and hopefully the IPC will bring it back but for now I will do anything they offer me."

Gianfranco Iannotta (Garfield, N.J.) finished second to Martin with a personal best 33.02. Isaiah Rigo (Cheney, Wash.), who is competing with Team USA at just 14 years old, ran a 37.03 to place eighth.

In a rerun of the women's 800m T52 race, Kerri Morgan (St. Louis, Mo.) claimed the silver medal with a personal best time of 2:19.11, finishing behind Canada's Michelle Stilwell, who ran a world record 2:14.79. Cassie Mitchell (Atlanta, Ga.) earned the bronze for her time of 2:33.53.

Belgium's Marieke Vervoort Stilwell collided in the women's 800m T52 race on Wednesday, causing the Belgian to tumble. Morgan took advantage of the pile up to cross the line first with Mitchell third, but the result did stand as Vervoort was later disqualified, causing the rerun of the race today.

In her lone event of the competition, the women's 100m T44, April Holmes (Kissimmee, Fla.) won a bronze medal with a time of a season's best 13.60. She also won the bronze medal at the Games.

"I won a medal and I am extremely happy about that," said Holmes, who has been dealing with an Achilles injury since the Games. "It's been an up and down season. It's not been the greatest but today, I won a medal for my country, which is great. I thank God for this medal - one more to add to the Team USA count."

Dennis Ogbe (Prospect, Ky.) finished fourth in the men's shot put F58 with a throw of 13.95m, which came on his third of six attempts. Team USA received another fourth place finish in the the men's club F31/32/51 with Scott Stokes (Roswell, Ga.) throwing an American record 23.44.

U.S. Marines Corps veteran Stephanie Timmer (Naperville, Ill.) finished fifth in the women's javelin F12/13 with a personal best 25.59m. In the women's javelin F54/55/56, Amy Simmons (Mesquite, Texas) was ninth with a throw of 11.14m.

Katie Walker (Wilmington, Ohio) ran 28.46 in the women's 200m T46 for seventh place.

Jorge Fernando Tarazon (Glendale, Ariz.) placed eighth in the men's shot put F11 with 10.28m.

Sam Craven (Walnut Creek, Calif.) finished ninth in the men's shot put F34 with a throw of 9.22.

Michael Murray (Nashville, Tenn.) finished 13th in the men's 1500m T20 with a season's best time of 4:12.38.

In the semifinal of the men's 400m T43/44, Blake Leeper (Kingsport, Tenn.) and David Prince (Sarasota, Fla.) finished second in their respective groups, easily qualifying for the final.

"My first 150 was a good effort and then I kind of put it on cruise control," said Prince, who ran a 54.32. He set the world record in the T44 class at the 2012 Paralympic Games then bested it last month at the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships running a 49.87.

"It's going to be really tough," Prince said of the Friday final, which features Brazil's Alan Oliveira. "It's going to be won or lost in the last 50, 60 meters maybe."

Oliveira ran a personal best 50.50 to beat Leeper, who ran a 50.58.

U.S. Army Sergeant Rob Brown (Chula Vista, Calif.), who acted as the flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, finished fourth in the second semifinal with a time of 58.21. He did not qualify for the final.

The 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, July 19-28, feature more than 1,100 athletes, including 76 Americans, from nearly 100 countries. Live streaming and on demand video is available at www.ParalympicSport.TV while live results are available at www.paralympic.org/events/lyon2013.

For more information, please contact Jamie Blanchard, U.S. Paralympics, at 719-237-2179 or jamie.blanchard@usoc.org

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