USABA Contributor Lacey Markle – Results from the 2012 London Paralympic Games

The 2012 London Paralympic Games marked the fourteenth edition of the Games, and was the largest Paralympic Games in history with an estimated 4,200 participating athletes from 165 counties. Team USA finished with 98 medals (31 Gold, 29 Silver and 38 Bronze). Congratulations to all of our 227 athletes for a great Paralympic Games! Here are the results for Team USA athletes who are blind and visually impaired. To look up other results please visit: www.paralympic.org

Sailing

JP Creignou and Jen French (Two-Person Keelboat – SKUD 18) raced in ten events and never finished below fifth place. This hard work and determination led them to the Silver medal!

Rowing

Andrew Johnson and Eleni Englert are a part of The Mixed Coxed Four – LTAMix4+ team that won in repechage, which placed them into the Final A group. At the end of the final race Team USA ended up coming in 6th overall.

Goalball

USA Women’s Goalball had their share of up’s and down’s in London. The ladies won against Sweden 5-1, lost against Japan 2-1, beat Australia 3-0 and lost against Canada 1-0. After four matches Team USA took on China where they lost 5-0. Although they played hard and tried their absolutely best the USA Women’s Goalball team ended up taking 8th place overall.

Swimming

Tucker Dupree (S12) took fifth in the 400m Freestyle and fourth in 100m Butterfly. Tucker ended up taking away three medals overall: a Bronze medal in the 100m Freestyle, Silver medal in the 100m Backstroke and Bronze medal in the 50m Freestyle.

Brad Snyder (S11) set a Paralympic Record with a time of 57.18 in the preliminaries for the 100m Freestyle and ended up winning the Gold medal in this event. He also took home a Silver Medal in the 50m Freestyle. In his other events Brad placed eighth in the 100m Backstroke, sixth in the 100m Breaststroke, fourth in the 100m Butterfly and sixth in the 200m Individual Medley. On September 7th, exactly one year to the day when an improvised explosive device went off in Afghanistan and took his vision; Brad swam the 400m Freestyle and won the Gold medal! Click here to watch an interview with Brad on CNN.

Kelley Becherer (S13) won the Gold medal in the 50m Freestyle. In the 100m Freestyle Kelley also won the Gold medal, making that her second gold of the games. In the 200m Individual Medley she took the Bronze medal and won another Bronze medal in the 100m Breaststroke. Kelley won a medal in every event she competed in, what an accomplishment!

Rebecca Anne Meyers (S13) took fourth in the 50m Freestyle. She continued to win the Bronze medal in the 100m Freestyle and in the 200m Individual Medley Rebecca took the Silver medal. Finally, in the 100m Breaststroke Rebecca finished fifth in her heat.

Colleen Young (S13) came in sixth place in her heat for the 50m Freestyle, fifth in her heat for the 100m Freestyle. She also took fifth in the 100m Breaststroke and seventh in the 200m Individuals Medley.

Letticia Martinez (S11) took sixth in her heat in the 100m Backstroke, eighth in the 100m Breaststroke and third in her heat in the 200m Individual Medley.

Judo

Ron Hawthorne took seventh in the 60kg weight class
Cindy Simon came in fifth in the 57kg weight class
Cristella Garcia (70kg) and Katie Davis (70+ kg) made it to quarterfinals
Dartanyon Crockett won the Bronze medal in the Men’s 90kg
Myles Porter took the Silver medal in the Men’s 100kg

Road/Track Cycling

In Track Cycling, Clark Rachfal and his pilot Dave Swanson took sixth in the Individual B Pursuit and seventh in the Individual B 1km Time Trial.
Clark and Dave also competed in Road Cycling where the duo finished eighth in the Individual B Time Trial and tenth in the Individual B Road Race.

Athletics

Markeith Price (T13) took eight in the 400m, sixth in the Long Jump (F13) and fifth in his heat for the 200m.

In the 100m (T12) Josiah Jamison and his guide Jermone Avery placed fourth in their heat. They also finished second in their heat for the 200m, which qualified them for semifinals. During semifinals Josiah and Jermone were disqualified and did not advance to the finals.

Lex Gillette won the silver medal in the Long Jump (F11). He also finished fourth in the Triple Jump with a distance of 12.39m, this was his season best. Lex and his guide Wesley Williams took third in their heat for the 200m (T11). Finally, they ran in the 100m and placed third in their heat.

Tanner Gers took 11th place in the Long Jump (F11).

David Brown and his guide Rolland Slade took second in their heat for the 200m (T11). In the 100m David and Rolland finished second in their heat with a time of 11.37, a personal best, and placed third in their heat in the semifinals.

Hall of Fame

The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) would also like to extend a huge congratulation to Trischa Zorn! The most decorated Paralympian ever and USABA Board Member was inducted into the Paralympic Hall of Fame in London. She competed as a member of the USA swim team from 1980-2000. In seven Games, she won a staggering 55 medals, including 41 Gold, nine Silver and five Bronze. Trischa held many world records during her career, two of which still stand today, eight years after she last competed! Check out this video from her induction: http://ow.ly/dooJY.

Relive your favorite moments from the 2012 London Paralympic Games by checking out http://www.youtube.com/usparalympics/ for video highlights!

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