US sprinter and two-time 100m T44 Parapan Am Games champion Jarryd Wallace has already posted a number of fast times this season – including a wind assisted 10.57 seconds in April in Georgia, USA.
The former 200m T44 world title and record holder is now focussed on reaching the top of the Paralympic podium in the shorter sprint – the 100m T44.
He also hopes to be an integral part of a successful US 4x100m relay team; in this week’s ‘My Best & Worst Moments’ Wallace reveals the highs and lows of his time as part of the American sprint quartet.
My worst moment
My worst moment was tripping at London 2012 during the 4x100m T42-46 relay and then getting disqualified as a team. It was hard, but it was also a great learning experience.
There was a lot of behind the scenes stuff that needed to be cleared up – the importance of team and unity and preparation that goes in to a relay event was huge. To want something for the team instead of for the self I think was a big thing.
The disqualification hurt - we really had high expectations. But we just weren’t in sync, we all had bad exchanges and we had to clean that up and it was good that we did that.
My best moment
The best moment was a year later when the same squad, in the same order, shattered the world record and won a gold medal at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships.
We went with a new bout of confidence – we are all young in London; now we had experience under our belts. We knew what to expect and we set the tone on the track. That kind of confidence or swag allowed us to execute a good race. We knew what we needed to get done and we did it. There’s something about setting a world record with your teammates that’s pretty cool. It’s kind of fun to celebrate with the guys on the track. I think we are going to do it again in Rio – I think we are going to go even faster.
Sport fans from around the world can now buy their Paralympic tickets for Rio 2016 from authorised ticket resellers (ATRs).
The IPC’s Global ATR is Jet Set Sports, and Rio 2016 tickets and packages can be purchased on the CoSport website.
Residents of Brazil can buy 2016 Paralympics tickets directly from the Rio 2016 website.