Wallace sets new world record in T44 200-meter dash

LYON, France — Athens’ Jarryd Wallace won his heat in world-record fashion on Saturday at the IPC Athletics World Championships.

The paralympic athlete and former Oconee County standout and Georgia signee burned through his 200-meter T44-division heat in 22.32 seconds, besting the previous world record of 22.47 set by David Prince at the 2013 U.S. Paralympic Track and Field National Championships last month.

Wallace will compete in the 200 finals today.

“I think the world record is going to last until tomorrow night when we have four guys going for it,” Wallace said in a U.S. Olympic Committee news release. “I came in training hard. I made a few technical changes with my leg about a month ago. I felt like it was the best decision heading into the world championships and it worked out today.”

Athletes in the T44 classification have single-limb, below-the-knee amputations.

Wallace, the son of Georgia women’s tennis coach Jeff Wallace, had a voluntary amputation of part of his right leg in 2010 after suffering from compartment syndrome. It ended his college career before it began, but he became a member of the U.S. Paralympic Track and Field Team a little more than a year after the operation and competed at the Paralympic Games in London last summer.

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