Athens-area athlete Jarryd Wallace came painstakingly close to medaling at the Paralympic Games on Wednesday in London, but a disqualification cost the U.S. 4×100-meter relay team its third-place finish.
South Africa’s relay team, anchored by Olympian Oscar Pistorius, won gold in the event with a world-record 41.78-second finish. Brazil, which finished second, and the Wallace’s third-place U.S. team were disqualified after the race when officials ruled there were infractions in the changeover areas, where runners hand off the batons. China then claimed silver and Germany took bronze.
Wallace competes again at 4:20 p.m. Friday in the 400-meter preliminaries. The event finals are Saturday at 4:36 p.m. All events are being streamed live at paralympic.org.
Wallace, 22, is the son of Georgia women’s tennis coach Jeff Wallace and former Georgia distance runner Sabina Wallace. He has his right leg amputated below the knee a little more than two years ago after suffering complications from compartmental syndrome and is competing as a T44-classification athlete, or one who has a single below-the-knee amputation or who has some reduced leg function.