Price continues Paralympic run
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Price continues Paralympic run

Nashville, Tenn. On Sunday, Sept. 2, Markeith Price took part in the 400-meter dash final- a day after competing in the men’s long jump competition.

Price finished in eighth and sixth in the 400-meter dash and long jump, respectively.

On Aug. 31, Price ran a time of 51.11 seconds in the 400-meter dash which was good enough for fourth place in his heat. Price’s finish also earned him a spot in Sunday’s final race.

Before running the final however, Price competed in the high jump competition. His best jump was 6.17 meters, making him the top American jumper.

Price was also the top American in the 400-meter dash final. At 51.98 seconds, his time in the finals was .87 seconds slower than the time he ran in qualifiers.

Price’s next events will be the 200-meter dash and the 4 x 100-meter relay. The first heat of the 4x1 will take place tomorrow morning with the finals to follow in the evening.

Price was born with his vision impaired and has been involved in track and field since the age of 11, competing on different levels.

Back in 2005, he won gold medals for the long jump and the 600-meter dash in the IBSA World Youth Championships. He added a silver medal in 2007 in the triple jump at the IBSA World Games, and in 2009 at the IBSA Pan American Games, he won the event and added a gold medal in the 400-meter dash.

According to the U.S Association of Blind Athletes Indoor Track & Field, Price currently holds the records for the 200m, 400m, 800m, and long jump.

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