2013 IPC World Track & Field Championships Overview

52 MEDALS- 4 World Records- 16 American Records

Amazing performances at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Lyon, France with Team USA capturing 52 medals and finishing second in the overall medal count by just 1 medal. When the dust finally settled (literally), this team produced the most medals and Gold medals EVER won by Para Track and Field. This was a great team effort. One of the personal coaches said that when the team marched in, he knew they were there with a purpose, he could see it on their faces. Watching this team compete, I could not have been prouder as we fought hard in every event. It was a pleasure to work with the athletes, coaching and medical staff as everything went like a well-oiled championship machine. With 76 athletes with a mix of veterans and rookies, that is saying a lot. We had 27 athletes come home with medals and the largest number prior had been 18 athletes.


If you wish to watch any of the competitions- go to the IPC’s YouTube channel ParalympicSport.TV.

 

  • Tatyana McFadden (aka “The Beast”) had a meet that will be hard to duplicate. No one in the history of Paralympic Track and Field has ever done what she accomplished. She won every event that she entered (total of six) and set one World Record in the 800 meters with a time of 1:44.44. The old record was 1:45.19 held by Chantel Peticlerc from the 2008 Games.
  • Ray Martin duplicated Tatyana’s historic feat by winning all his events for a total of five gold medals in the T52 class. Again, this had never been done in Paralympic Track and Field. Close race in the 100m, but he timed it just right for the victory.
  • April Holmes has now captured a medal in every major Championships since 2002. Over eleven years of elite level medal winning performances, that is impressive.
  • Team USA swept the 200m for the T44’s. All three USA athletes breaking the old World Record of 22.47 set by David Prince at our National Championships in June. Jarryd Wallace established a new World Record in the semi’s and came back the next day to break the record again in 22.08, with David Prince and Jerome Singleton finishing in 22.34. Fourth place was 23.10. Richard Browne set up the 100m dual in the Semi-Final with a new World Record in 10.83.
  • The 200 sweep and Browne’s WR set up the 4 x 100 Relay for a new World Record. Jerome Singleton, Richard Browne, Jarryd Wallace and Blake Leeper blew up the old record of 41.78 by South Africa. Team USA went 40.73, a full second faster than the silver medalist and the old record.
  • Jeremy Campbell, the current World Record holder and the two time Paralympic Games champion, finally added a World title to his list of accomplishments