LONDON--Georgia sophomore Jarryd Wallace qualified for the 400m final after running a personal best of 53.51 in the first round Friday night.
"We're thrilled that Jarryd was able to qualify and run his personal best," said Jeff Wallace, Jarryd's father and Georgia's head women's tennis coach. "Running in the final tomorrow is going to be a thrill that is going to last him a lifetime."
Though Wallace didn't finish in the top three in his heat to qualify on his heat finishing place, he was one two runners who qualified on their finishing time.
Wallace's time was nearly 2.5 seconds better than his previous best. It was also only the third time that Wallace had ever run the 400m on his prosthetic leg.
The top seed in Saturday's 400m final will be South Africa's Oscar Pistorius who stopped the clock at 48.31 in the first round.
The finals are scheduled to take place on Saturday at 4:57 p.m. EST. Wallace is competing in the T44 classification which is for athletes with a single below knee amputation or athletes who can walk with moderately reduced function in one or both legs.
Wallace is one of 23 coaches and athletes with Southeastern Conference ties that is participating in the 2012 London Paralympics.
All events can be viewed live on www.paralympic.org. A schedule of the live streaming can be found here: http://www.paralympic.org/Events/London2012/Schedule.