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Sprinter finishes strong at Paralympics

UGA sophomore Jarryd Wallace participated in the 2012 London Paralympics and finished sixth in the world after running 53.90 in the 400m T44 final. Among single amputees, Wallace finished second.

“We’re so proud of Jarryd,” said Jeff Wallace, Jarryd’s father and head coach of UGA’s women’s tennis team. “This has been such a great opportunity for him, and he’s learned so much. The fact that he’s the second fastest single amputee in the 400m in the world is amazing.”

South Africa’s top-seeded Oscar Pistorius took home the gold with a time of 46.68. Blake Leeper and David Prince, both from the U.S., finished second and third, respectively.

Earlier in the competition, Wallace ran in the men’s 4×100 relay, finishing third before being disqualified due to a lane violation.

Wallace was one of 23 coaches and athletes with Southeastern Conference ties who participated in the 2012 London Paralympics.