Team USA Paralympic Sprinter, Jerome Singleton, made news this week after announcing at a press conference in Dallas that he is “the fastest amputee in the world.” At 26, Singleton can certainly back up his declaration thanks to incredible speed, focused determination and his 11.2 second PR in the 100.
Singleton’s sole competition comes from South Africa in the form of double-amputee Oscar Pistorius who is currently vying to compete in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer. The rivalry between Singleton and Pistorius has grown steadily over the past four years and their head to head competition in the 100 will be one of the great races of the 2012 Games.
While Pistorius has defeated Singleton multiple times since 2008’s Paralympic Games, Singleton has the edge in recent races edging out Pistorius at the 2011 Paralympic World Championships in a photo finish while snapping Pistorius’ seven year winning streak in Paralympic 100 races.
A native of Greenwood, South Carolina, Singleton is currently based at the University of South Carolina where he will continue his training leading up to the Games in August.
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