Wright runs 4th in 100M at World Para Athletics


LONDON, England - McMurry University sophomore Tanner Wright (Fort Worth, Texas/North Crowley H.S.) got his first-ever taste of international track competition under his belt on Saturday, earning a fourth-place in the 100 meters - T47 class at the World Para Athletics Championships at Olympic Stadium. Wright was the top finisher from Team U.S.A. in the race.

Wright ran a time of 11.05 seconds in the finals.

Brazilians Petrucio Ferreira dos Santos and Yohansson Nascimento went 1-2 in the race. Ferreira dos Santos ran a world record time of 10.53 in winning the gold. Poland's Michal Derus was third (10.81).

Wright started his inaugural international competition by running the second-fastest time of his career in the 100-meters during the Saturday morning preliminaries. Wright was third place in the second heat of the event - and fourth-fastest qualifier overall - by posting a time of 11.02 seconds, advancing him to the evening championship session.

Wright was also the youngest competitor in the championship race of the 100-meters. At 19-years old, Wright was an average of seven years younger than the other seven runners in the field (with an average age of 26).

"We are so proud of Tanner's finish today (in the 100)," McMurry Head Track and Field Coach Brad Parris said. "To be one of the best in the world within his classification is a huge accomplishment.

"I know today's finish will only increase Tanner's focus. The World championships awards stand is in clear view for him and I know he'll keep pressing towards it."

Wright will have a few days off before his next competition in the prelims of the 200 meters on Friday (July 21) and - should he advance - the 200 finals next Saturday (July 22). Wright is also slated to run the lead leg of Team U.S.A.'s 4x100 relay team, scheduled to compete on (Sunday) July 23.

Courtesy McMurry Athletics

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