Monday, September 27, 2004
ATHENS, Greece --- Tennessee State University track and field athlete Ryan Fann picked up his second medal at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, Greece. This time, the junior earned a gold as a member of the world record setting 4x400m (T42-T46) team. The team of Danny Andrews, Raphew Reed, Jr., Frasure and Fann crossed the finish line in 3:27.00, shattering the previous world record set in 2000 at the Sydney Paralympic Games by more than five seconds. Fann collected his first medal, a bronze in the 400m (T44), last week with a personal best time of 53.64. Fann, a junior from Carthage, Tenn., is one of only 39 athletes in Athens representing the United States. He will also compete in the 200m and on the 4x400 team. Fann, who had his left leg below the knee amputated after a childhood accident, has consistently turned heads since joining the Tigers' track team last year. He has never finished last in any event he has entered and remains in competition with top non-disabled athletes in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Paralympic Games are the second-largest sporting event in the world, conceding top honors only to the Olympics. The multi-sport competition showcases the talents and abilities of the world's most elite athletes with physical disabilities. The Paralympics feature 21 sports, 18 of which are also contested in the Olympics. More information about the 2004 Paralympics can be found by clicking here.