|April Holmes captured a silver medal in the T-44 class 100m race. She uses the new Otto Bock C-Sprint foot and Hanger ComfortFlex™ socket with an Alps EasyLiner™. Courtesy Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics Inc.|
Thrilling competition displayed the talents of elite disabled athletes from 41 countries during the Third IPC Athletics World Championships July 20-28 in Lille, France.
Great Britain's team was the number one gold medal winner, with 13. Canada nipped at "Old Blighty's" heels with 12. Australia, the United States, Ukraine, and South Africa followed with 11 each.
The Chinese led the medal tally with a total of 7 gold, 22 silver, and 18 bronze for a total of 47. The German team was not far behind with 9 gold, 12 silver, and 23 bronze, for a total of 44. The US captured 11 gold, 11 silver, and 8 bronze.
"One of the incredible highlights was newcomer April Holmes," said Randy Richardson, visual media director, Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics, who attended the Games and took the photos on this page. Holmes, age 29, has competed in numerous track and field events since early childhood. She lost her leg below the knee in a train accident about a year and a half ago.
Holmes competed in the DS/USA International Challenge April 29-May 5 in Orlando, Florida—her first track meet as an amputee. She performed so well that she made the team for the World Championships. "In France, she won the Silver Medal in the T-44 women's 100m race, an incredible accomplishment for such a short time frame," Richardson said.
|The US relay team set a new world record in the T-44 class 4 x 100m relay with a time of 43.69 seconds. From left are Danny Andrews, Brian Frasure, Roderick Green, and Marlon Shirley. Courtesy Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics Inc.|
In other highlights, Jeff Skiba set a new world record in the F-44 class high jump, and the US relay team zoomed to a new world record in the T-44 class 100m relay.
|Jeff Skiba set a new world record in the F-44 class high jump with an astonishing jump of 2.09 meters. Courtesy Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics Inc.|
|Brian Frasure celebrates after winning a gold medal in the T-44 200m sprint.|