Richard Browne easily beat Arnu Fourie of South Africa en route to a world record Monday in Lyon, France.
Browne sets world record while George claims world title
LYON, France — Richard Browne is the new world record holder in the men's 100 meter T44 classification after running a 10.83 in his semifinal Monday at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France. Following Browne's world record, Josh George won the world title in the men's 800m T53 race, the lone medal of the day for Team USA.
The United States leads the gold medal count with seven. With 17 total medals (seven golds, four silvers and six bronzes) heading into the fourth day of competition, the U.S. is second in the overall medal count to Russia by only one medal.
"My legs are as fast as my mouth," said Browne, a native of Jackson, Miss.
In June, Browne tied the world record (10.85) held by London 2012 Paralympic Games gold medalist Jonnie Peacock of Great Britain but the record did not hit the books because it was in an unsanctioned competition. Peacock tweeted that he would take notice if Browne did it when it counts.
"I'll go sub-11 seconds most definitely and set a world record," Browne said earlier this week.
"I'm calling it right now."
He was right.
"I had every intent to go fast," Browne said. "I had every intent break the world record."
South Africa's Arnu Fourie was a distant second in the heat with a time of 11.27.
Peacock won the first race with a season's best 10.87. American Jarryd Wallace (Athens, Ga.), who claimed the men's 200m world title Sunday with a world record, finished second with a personal best 11.15 while teammate Jerome Singleton (Irmo, S.C.), the defending world champion in the 100m, was third with a season's best 11.24.
"I can't take too much confidence into the final because my competitors put up really great times," Browne said. "Any one of us could win tomorrow. Jonnie, Jarryd, Jerome, Arnu, anyone. I'm just looking to have a perfect race tomorrow so I can break the world record again. I think that's what it's going to take to win the gold medal."
The final is Tuesday.
"Every time I close my eyes, I see myself on that podium with the gold," Browne said.
George, a wheelchair racer, no longer has to see gold medals only in his dreams. George led at the half-way point then easily cruised to the 800m title over Canada's Brent Lakatos, 1:41.88 to 1:43.43.
"This is my favorite race," George said. "I haven't won it since 2006 so it feels pretty good to win it again. The T53 field just keeps getting stronger and stronger and stronger. I'm happy, I'm really happy to win against such a strong group of athletes."
George won the bronze medal in the event in London as well as a silver medal at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.
"It is a bit of redemption," George said. "London was tough. I medaled in the 800, I took a bronze, but I really was going to the Games for gold in that event. I wasn't quite strong enough there so to be able to come back and get it today is nice. It feels good."
He has a full program in Lyon: 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m and marathon.
Brian Siemann (Savoy, Ill.) finished eighth in the 800m with a time of 1:50.24.
In the women's long jump F42, Lacey Henderson (Denver, Colo.) finished just off the podium in fourth place after a jump of 3.10m.
Katie Walker (Wilmington, Ohio) placed sixth in the women's javelin throw F46 with a throw of 23.53 meters, which came on her third attempt.
In the men's discus F51/52/53, U.S. Army veteran Scot Severn (Caro, Mich.) placed seventh with a throw of 20.44m, which came on his fourth attempt.
Scott Stokes (Roswell, Ga.) placed eighth in the men's 100m T51 final with a time of 28.52. In the women's 100m T43/44 race, Kristen Messer (Austin, Texas) placed eighth with a 22.99, which equals the championship record in the T43 classification.
Dennis Ogbe (Prospect, Ky.) threw 43.82m to finish 10th in the men's discus F57/58. In the women's shot put F54, Amy Simmons (Mesquite, Texas) threw 5.33m to place 10th.
Several qualifying races were also held Monday.
In the morning, Amanda McGrory (Kennett Square, Pa.) ran a season's best 1:53.96 to top teammate Chelsea McClammer (Benton City, Wash.) in the first women's 800m T53 semifinal. McClammer, who won a bronze medal earlier this week in the 200m, finished second with 1:54.13. Shirley Reilly (Tucson, Ariz.) also qualified or the final by placing third with a time of 1:54.93 in the other semifinal.
Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Md.) preserved her quest for six world titles by winning her women's 800m semifinal race in a time of 1:51.75. Her younger sister Hannah McFadden (Clarksville, Md.) will join her in the final after placing third with a personal best 1:55.30 in the first semifinal race.
Cheri Becerra-Madsen (Union, Neb.) ran a personal best 1:58.09 but did not advance to Tuesday's final.
Shaquille Vance (Houston, Miss.) advanced to the final of the men's 200m T42, racing a season's best 26.32 to place second in his semifinal. Teammates Regas Woods (Ocala, Fla.) and Luis Puertas (Orlando, Fla.), a U.S. Army veteran who acted as Army's torch bearer at the Opening Ceremony of the 2013 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte, did not advance from their heats finishing fourth and fifth.
In the men's 4x100m relay T11-13 semifinal, Team USA looked to qualify by running 43.63. However, results for the second race, which includes visually impaired runners, are currently under review by the IPC after a protest was filed.
The 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, July 19-28, feature over 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/lyon-2013.
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