Jarryd Wallace will be part of the USA Team at the World Championships in July.
June 19, 2013
ATHENS----Former University of Georgia student-athlete Jarryd Wallace has qualified for the International Paralympic Committee World Championships set for Lyon, France from July 19-28.
Wallace, 23, qualified for three events by virtue of a top three finish at the U.S. Paralympic Track and Field National Championships held last weekend in San Antonio, Texas. He finished second in the 100 meters with a time of 11.44 and was second in the 200 meters, crossing the finish line in 23.02. Also, he will be a part of the U.S. 4x100 relay team after finishing in the top four of the 100 meters. This will be his third international competition as part of the USA Team.
“It’s exciting to make the team, represent my country, and I’m looking forward to competing in France,” said Wallace who is training full-time after also working towards a business degree at UGA for the past two years. “I’m enjoying racing right now because that lasts only six to eight years. I’m going to have another opportunity to share the track with some amazing athletes and teammates, and we aim to race well and hope to come home with multiple medals.”
The IPC World Championships will be the first major gathering of international track and field athletes since the London 2012 Paralympic Games last September. Athletes from approximately 90 countries are expected to compete at the event in France including a majority of the medal winners from London.
At the 2012 London Paralympic Games, Wallace posted a sixth place finish in the 400 meters and narrowly missed earning a medal as part of the United States 4x100 relay team. Initially, the Brazil relay team finished second and the U.S. team finished third but then both were disqualified after the race when officials ruled there were infractions in the changeover area where runners hand off the batons.
Wallace is the son of Georgia women’s tennis coach Jeff Wallace and former Georgia and All-Southeastern Conference distance runner Sabina Wallace. Wallace opted to have his right leg amputated below the knee three years ago following complications from compartment syndrome. He competes in the T44-classification, which is for athletes who have a single below-the-knee amputation.
He was a state champion distance runner at Oconee County High School and earned a scholarship to UGA for the cross country team. However, he had multiple surgeries due to the compartment syndrome and never got to compete for the Bulldogs. He began training with his prosthetic leg in 2011, and 13 months later, he won a gold medal at the 2011 ParaPan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico in the 100-meter dash and soon thereafter earned a spot on the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team.
This past December in Wisconsin, Wallace underwent successful surgery for compartment syndrome release in his left leg. After recuperating for six weeks, he began training consistently again and said he is healthy now and pain free.
“I’m super blessed to be around elite coaches, medical staff and trainers here at the University of Georgia, and all those resources are a huge part of the process of training and being ready to compete and get experience,” Wallace added.
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