By NEMS Daily Journal
Shaquille Vance, a former Houston High School standout, is going for the gold at the 2012 Paralympics, which begin today in London.
Vance, 21, lost his right leg above the knee in 2009 after an injury suffered during a pickup football game.
Before the injury he was a standout in football, basketball and track.
In London, Vance – who now lives in Chula Vista, Calif. – will compete in the shotput and the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes for T42 (single abovethe-knee) amputees.
Vance won the 100 at the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Championships and finished second in the 200.
The shot put finals are Friday.
The 200 meter finals will be on Saturday and the first round of the men’s 100 meters is on Sept. 7.