Parapan American Games
23 August - 1 September

Lima 2019: Breanna Clark serves up family recipe for success

US world and Paralympic champion dances to third major title 27 Aug 2019
a female Para athlete celebrates on the finish line
Breanna Clark's celebrates by dabbing as she takes gold in the women's 400m T20
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By NSLima2019 and APC

USA’s world and Paralympic champion Breanna Clark claimed to have “a secret family recipe” for success after winning gold in the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games women’s 400m T20 on Monday.

Clark is coached by her mother, Rosalyn, who won an Olympic silver medal at Montreal 1976 – exactly 40 years before guiding her daughter to the Rio 2016 Paralympic gold.

She has continued to outdo her mom in the medal-winning stakes ever since, winning world gold in London in 2017 as well as breaking the world record in Arizona in 2018.

“I have a secret champion recipe,” said Clark after dominating the race at Lima 2019 from start to finish. 

“You can’t eat or drink it. It’s made only for your eyes, ears and your brain. It’s an old recipe but fortunately there’s a secret ingredient for my family and my eyes only, one that we will never reveal to the public.”

Clark professes to love the TV show Wheel of Fortune but there was little that was lucky about her performance at Estadio Atletico as she powered to victory in 57.09, before celebrating with a touch of ‘dabbing’ on the finish line.

“I love to dance before and after every gold medal,” she said. “I rehearse during my warm-up then celebrate after winning.

“There’s a popular dance called the floss that’s viral right now, but I’m saving that for Dubai [the World Championships in November].

“I decided in Peru that I would do the dab for once as I work my way towards Dubai gold.”

USA unstoppable

It was a special day for her country, too, as USA continued to rack up medals, with Trenten Merrill taking gold in the men’s long jump T63/64. 

There were other US triumphs on the track too, notably by Jenna Fesemyer who took her second gold and third medal of the Games in the women’s 800m T54.

Jaleen Roberts followed with an equally commanding win in the women’s 200m T37, while Yen Hoang held off Bermuda’s 400m champion Jessica Lewis to win the women’s 800m T53.

Gianfranco Iannotta won the men’s 100m T52, while Claudius Fawehinmi took gold in the men’s long jump T47.

Back to back wins for Omara Durand

The fastest female Paralympic sprinter in the world continued to make history by winning a second title in Lima, this time in the 100m T12.

Durand marked a time of 11.76, far from her world record of 11.40 but enough to leave her rivals well behind. Brazil's Viviane Ferreira (12.41) and Gabriela Mendonca (12.45) completed the podium.

Now, the Cuban will look for her third title in the 400m. “Tomorrow we will run the semi-final and we will do the usual, leaving everything on the track. I like short races more because that's where I'm doing better, but I'll still give my all,” she said.

“Everything is based on a strategy. It can be won from the beginning, but it can be lost in the end. Everything is based on having a good strategy and combining speed with resistance. If I do that, then there will be no problem.”

Full results are available on the Lima 2019 website.