Tag: track and field
They are two of the best athletes on the planet. One is a sprinter on the track with personal bests of 10.91 for 100 meters, 21.7 for 200 meters, and 49.3 for 400 meters. In London in 2012, he took a bronze at 200 meters and a silver at 400 meters. The other is a swimmer who specializes in the 200 Individual Medley and the breaststroke, and he has two Gold Medals for the 200 IM, one from Athens and one from Beijing, plus a silver from London. But Blake Leeper and Rudy Garcia-Tolson are much more than just great athletes. They are both missing both legs – Blake below the knee and Rudy above the knee – and they are changing perceptions about what someone with a disability can accomplish. Having them in studio together was really special.
Bernard Lagat came on to chat about his career, how he has adapted his training as he moved into his late 30’s, becoming an American citizen, his four Olympic experiences, his plans to make his fifth Olympic team, and his upcoming attempt to break the American record at the Carlsbad 5000.
Brenda Martinez has had an awesome season which culminated with her bronze medal at the IAAF Track and Field World Championship in the 800. To make it that much sweeter, it was the first time an American woman medaled in the 800 at the world track and field championships.
Blake Leeper was born with a birth defect and has spent almost his entire life missing both legs below the knee. The 20 year old University of Tennessee student played baseball and basketball in high school before discovering that he has the perfect build and personality to be a sprinter. He is being coached by 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Joaquim Cruz and is looking forward to January and his first head-to-head battle with the legendary Oscar Pistorius. Blake’s goal? To run under 11 flat for 100 meters!