Indianapolis, Ind. - Tennessee State University's Markeith Price was selected to the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field team on Sunday. Price will represent the United States at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, Aug. 29 - Sept. 9.
Price, who is legally blind, won two events at the US Paralympic Trials at the campus of IUPUI over the weekend. The rising TSU senior leapt 6.25m (20-6 ¼) in the long jump.
The Baltimore native also claimed the 400-meter dash title in the T13/F13 category with a blistering speed of 51.64 seconds, which ties for fourth best in the world.
Price holds five other top-10 marks in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) rankings: 100m T13 (8th in the world), 200m T13 (5th), long jump F13 (6th) and triple jump F13 (1st).
The selection to the U.S. Paralympic team is a first for Price and the second for Tennessee State. Price joins Ryan Fann, who won a gold medal in the 4x400m relay at the 2004 Summer Paralympic games.
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