Brown, together with guide Jerome Avery, enjoyed mixed fortunes at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The pair won 100m T11 gold but failed to make the finals of the 200m and 400m.
In the 100m, Brown clocked 10.99 seconds to smash the Paralympic record and win his first Paralympic title ahead of Brazil’s Felipe Gomes.
Brown originally showed he had the potential to become a Paralympic champion in 2014, setting new world records in the 100m and 200m T11 events.
Coached by Brazilian middle distance legend Joaquim Cruz, Brown became the first man in his class to go under 11 seconds when he ran 10.92 seconds at a meeting that April 2014 in California, USA. On the same day he also smashed the 200m record, finishing in 22.41.
That impressive form continued in 2015 as he won double gold at the Parapan Games in August, beating the likes of Brazil’s Lucas Prado and Felipe Gomes to gold in both the 100m and 200m T11.
The American then headed to the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, as the favourite for sprint gold once again – and sure enough he opened his campaign with gold over 100m. Victory in the 200m did not go his way as Gomes took the top spot, with Namibia’s Ananias Shikongo claiming silver and another Brazilian, Daniel Silva, finishing third – leaving the American out of the medals.
Brown failed to make it past the 100m and 200m semi-finals at London 2012 but will be hoping for better fortunes at the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
He sustained an injury while competing in the T11 200m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The problem also affected his performance in the T11 400m race later in the Games. (running4hisglory.com, 22 Jan 2017)
In 2013 a hamstring injury kept him out of action for three weeks. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
He was named in the 2011 US Paralympics Track and Field High School All-American team. (usaba.org, 15 Sep 2011)
In 2011 he received the Rosemary Zander Award from the Special School District [SSD] in Hazelwood, MO, United States of America. The honour is presented for outstanding student achievement. (hazelwood.patch.com, 30 Apr 2011)
Ahead of the 2019 season he began training for long jump, and also returned to 400m training. His guide for the 400m is Connor Faint. "I always wanted to get back to running the 400m. Now I have a new guide for that distance, Connor Faint. With Jerome [Avery, his guide for the 100m] I run on the outside, but I'm on the inside of Connor. Balancing that out was tough at first, but the more you do it the easier it gets. [The long jump] is scary because I know I have to go straight, then it's like, cool, I'm running by myself! With nobody attached!" (paralympic.org, 20 May 2019)
|Men's 200 m T11||Heat 2||2012-09-03||2|
|Men's 200 m T11||Heat 1||2012-09-04||3|
|Men's 4x100 m T11-13||Heat 1||2012-09-05||9999|
|Men's 100 m T11||Heat 1||2012-09-07||3|
|Men's 100 m T11||Heat 3||2012-09-07||2|
|Men's 200 m T11||Semifinal 2||2013-07-20||3|
|Men's 200 m T11||Heat 3||2013-07-20||5|
|Men's 200 m T11||Final 1||2013-07-21||4|
|Men's 4x100 m T11-13||Semifinal 2||2013-07-22||2|
|Men's 4x100 m T11-13||Final 1||2013-07-23||2|
|Men's 400 m T11||Semifinal 1||2013-07-26||2|
|Men's 400 m T11||Final 1||2013-07-27||2|
|Men's 100 m T11||Heat 1||2015-10-22||1|
|Men's 100 m T11||Semifinal 3||2015-10-22||1|
|Men's 100 m T11||Final 1||2015-10-23||1|
|Men's 200 m T11||Heat 4||2015-10-28||1|
|Men's 200 m T11||Semifinal 1||2015-10-29||1|
|Men's 200 m T11||Final 1||2015-10-29||4|
|Men's 100 m T11||Heat 2||2016-09-10||1|
|Men's 100 m T11||Heat 5||2016-09-10||1|
|Men's 100 m T11||Final Round||2016-09-11||1|
|Men's 200 m T11||Heat 3||2016-09-13||1|
|Men's 200 m T11||Heat 2||2016-09-14||3|
|Men's 400 m T11||Heat 1||2016-09-16||3|
|Men's 100 m T11||Final 1||2017-07-15||1|
|Men's 100 m T11||Heat 3||2017-07-15||1|
|Men's 200 m T11||Heat 2||2017-07-20||2|
|Men's 200 m T11||Final 1||2017-07-21||2|
|Men's 4x100 m T11-13||Final 1||2017-07-23||9999|