Seven athletes from the University of Arizona who competed in the 2012 Paralympics made a strong showing in London. The Games ran from Aug. 29 through Sept. 9.
The Paralympics featured 4,200 athletes from 160 countries who competed in 20 sports. Among them from the UA were Zachary Abbott, Bryan Barten, Jordan Bird, Tanner Gers, Adam Kellerman, Jennifer Poist and Noah Yablong.
Here's how they finished:
- Zachary Abbott, a physiology major, raced in the 100, 200, 400 and 800-meter events. He advanced to the men's 100-meter T53 wheelchair track final, where he finished eighth.
- Bryan Barten, a UA alumnus and wheelchair tennis and rugby coach, competed in wheelchair tennis quad singles. He advanced to the quarterfinals but did not qualify for the finals.
- Jordan Bird, a UA psychology junior, raced in the 400 and 800-meter wheelchair track competitions, and in the 4x400-meter relay. He advanced to the finals in the 100-meter race and placed sixth.
- Tanner Gers, a business administration and communication junior who is visually impaired, participated in the long jump competition. In the long-jump final, he finished 11th.
- Adam Kellerman, a sophomore physiology major, represented Australia in the wheelchair tennis men's singles and doubles. He reached round 16 in both events.
- Jennifer Poist, a second-year doctor of pharmacy student and the sole lady Wildcat in the Paralympics, competed with 11 other teammates for the USA women’s wheelchair basketball team. The team finished fourth, losing the bronze-medal game to the Netherlands.
- Noah Yablong, a May 2012 UA graduate in engineering management with a minor in aerospace engineering, competed in wheelchair tennis men's singles and doubles. He reached round 64 in the singles competition and round 32 in doubles.