Vance heads to World Championship competition
Vance lost his right leg at the knee in 2009 and began training for and competing in Athletic events in 2010.
The World Championships is the first major internationl Athletics event following the 2012 London Paralympic Games in which Vance also competed, placing second and earning a silver medal in the men’s 200m race.
Vance began the 100m race but suffered an injured hamstring and placed eighth.
Following rehab for his injury, he started back into competitive running this year. He participated in three events to qualify for the IPC World Championships.
Vance is a member of Team USA but had to qualify independently to earn a spot on the team.
He participated in the Endeavor Games at the University of Oklahoma where he placed first in the 100m.
Then on to the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif., where he took first place in the 100m and 200m races.
After suffering another injury and setback in Arizona, Vance had another period of recovery.
“In Arizona, I was on the track and my foot flew off and I busted my stump open,” Vance said.
The delay forced him to compete at the National Trials in San Antonio, Texas, to make the team.
“They (coaches) really didn’t want me to run (following the latest injury),” Vance said. “I decided I would just run one heat and whatever time I got, that’s what I got. If someone beat my time, then they did.”
At the conclusion of the trials, Vance had the fastest qualifying times in both the 100m and 200m races.
“I only had three meets, but they were great meets,” Vance said.
He will compete this week in France, then head immediately to England for a rematch with Richard Whitehead. Whitehead, a double-amputee, took top honors in the 2012 Paralymic Games 200m meter race with Vance coming in second. The interest in the rematch has been so great, organizers have already sold-out an 80,000-person stadium for the event.
For more on Vance’s performance at the World Championships, and his plans for the future, see the July 24 edition of the Chickasaw Journal.
- Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
- Click to print (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)
- Click to Press This! (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
About Lisa Voyles
- Nabors named top home improvement store in state July 18, 2016
- Sundancer crosses 2016 Solar Car Challenge finish line July 23, 2016
- FLOYD INGRAM: Giving your very best July 18, 2016
- Homegrown and Houston proud July 23, 2016
- SONNY SCOTT: Real men rise above the status quo July 23, 2016
- Cunningham earns ICC scholarship July 25, 2016
- Shearer-Richardson announces expansion July 25, 2016
- Authorities seek suspects in two shootings July 25, 2016
- Fire burns Thorn home Sunday July 25, 2016
- Scott, Hardin honored by ICC July 24, 2016
- Jim Garth Horn: Did I miss it or is there anywhere in the article ...
- Americasgone: They have a "no guns" sign on their door. If the...
- Americasgone: This has to be a joke. They have good employees an...
- Jessica Lacy: Leadershipprovides with the opportunity to lead. E...
- a: Cars with tags from 12 different counties can rout...
- RT @wcbiweather: The heat index has surpassed 100 in many spots today. Stay cool out there! #mswx #alwx #wcbi http://t.co/Lt2LRZTDcm 3 years ago
- RT @dennisseid: OSHA: 24 work-related deaths in Miss. last year http://t.co/lgEYYtK7ZR 3 years ago
- Speech pathologists work to better communication skills | Monroe Journal http://t.co/lyHLvb0OS1 3 years ago
- Mumford & Sons bassist has blood clot on brain http://t.co/4xNLMhxaif 3 years ago
- Mobile home fire claims one | Itawamba Times http://t.co/FHouwxbnsp 3 years ago