IPC Athletics World Championships
19-29 July

Wallace breaks 200m T44 world record

American sprinter lower previous mark by 0.15 in 200m T44 heats 20 Jul 2013
Blake Leeper and Jarryd Wallace

The US 4x100m T42-46 relay team of Blake Leeper, Jarryd Wallace, Richard Browne and Jerome Singleton poses after their final at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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“I’m just excited to get out here tomorrow night and lower it again.”

America’s Jarryd Wallace is the new world record holder in the men’s 200m T44 class after running 22.32 seconds in the heats of the event at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France.

Wallace, who emerged as a talent at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico when he won 100m gold, knocked 0.15 seconds off the previous record set by his teammate David Prince at the US trails last month.

“It feels pretty good,” said Wallace of the world record after crossing the finishing line. “We’ve been putting in a lot of hard and I made a technical change about one month ago with the prosthetic and it’s been the right decision. It will all go to god for all that happened today."

“I’m just excited to get out here tomorrow night and lower it again.”

When asked whether he could lower the record further in Sunday’s final the 23 year old replied “Just wait and see!”

America has a very good chance of taking all three podium positions in tomorrow’s final after a strong showing on Saturday. Wallace qualified fastest ahead of his teammates Jerome Singleton (22.71), who set a personal best, and former record holder Prince (23.32).

London 2012 100m bronze medallist Arnu Fourie was fourth fastest, running 23.41.

Sunday’s final will take place at 18:34 and will be streamed live on www.ParalympicSport.TV

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