NASHVILLE --- Former Tennessee State men’s track and field athlete Markeith Price will represent the United States of America at the Paralympic Games, which begin this week. The Opening Ceremony in Rio will be held tomorrow, Sept. 7.
Price, who graduated from Tennessee State University in 2012, will compete in the 100m and 400m for the T-13 Visually Impaired classification.
The first round of the 100m is scheduled for Sept. 8, followed by the finals on Sept. 9. The 400m is set for Sept. 13 (1st Round) and Sept. 15 (Finals).
Diagnosed with Optic Nerve Atrophy at the age of three, Price has lived with visual impairment his entire life. The condition is caused by damage of the optic nerve or due to the nerve never fully developing at birth. While typical vision is 20/20, the vision in Price’s right eye ranges from 20/250-20/400 based on the lighting, and his left eye is more in the 20/600-20/800 range.
Price was one of 66 Americans chosen for the 2016 Paralympic Games. It will be Price’s second time competing on the biggest stage after earning a sixth place finish in the long jump and taking eighth in the 400m at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Competition will air on NBC and be streamed through Paralympic.org.
MARKEITH PRICE’S PARALYMPIC GAMES SCHEDULE
1st Round on Thursday, Sept. 8
Finals on Friday, Sept. 9
1st Round on Tuesday, Sept. 13
Finals on Thursday, Sept. 15