“This is going to be a very exciting year for our national team athletes.”
US Paralympics has named 42 athletes, including 10 reigning world champions, to the 2015 US Paralympic Track & Field National Team.
“This is going to be a very exciting year for our national team athletes,” said Cathy Sellers, high performance director for US Paralympics track &field. “Last year was all about growth for both our new athletes and our veterans, but with the World Championships this year, we are focused on getting our athletes on the podium and preparing for Rio.”
The first woman to win six events at a World Championship, Tatyana McFadden, and the first man to win five, Raymond Martin, headline the roster. Martin beat his own 200m T52 world record at the 2014 Desert Challenge Games in Mesa, Arizona as well as taking gold in the 100m, 800m and 1,500m events at the same meet. McFadden won her second-straight marathon grand slam, winning the 2014 London, Boston, Chicago and New York Marathons.
The 2015 roster includes seven other reigning world champions: Jeremy Campbell, men's discus F44; Joshua George, men's 800m T53; Lex Gillette, men's long jump T11; Cassie Mitchell, women's shot put F52/53; and Jarryd Wallace, men's 200m T44. Richard Browne, Jerome Singleton and Wallace won gold in the men's 4x100m relay T42-46.
Even though 2014 was not a world championship year, Team USA still racked up some outstanding victories. Newcomer Natalie Bieule broke her own American record in the women’s F40-44 discus at the national championships. At the Desert Challenge Games, Gillette matched his own world record in the men’s long jump T11. David Brown broke his own world record in the 200m T11.
The 2015 season is highlighted by the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar, between 21-31 October. The 2015 IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships will be held separately as part of the London Marathon on 26 April.
Additional athletes may be added to the team roster throughout the season.
US Paralympics track & field national team for 2015
•Jerome Singleton Jr.