8 American and World Records Broken On Opening Day Of U.S. Paralympic Trials in Charlotte


For the first time in history, the U.S. Paralympic trials in three sports – track and field, swimming and cycling – are being held simultaneously in the same city – and so far, Charlotte has not disappointed.

7 American records have already been broken today at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center, and at least 1 world record was broken at Johnson C. Smith University’s Irwin Belk Complex.

Over 400 athletes from across the country will be competing in Charlotte this weekend to try to earn a spot on Team USA for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio this coming September.

We visited the Irwin Belk Complex today to film some of the action;

Today’s world record was broken in the women’s 800-meter T34/53, Paralympic newcomer Alexa Halko (Williamsburg, Virginia) broke her own T34 world record by just under a second with a time of 2:01.83 to claim third place in the combined field.

Seven American records and three Pan American records were also broken over at the aquatic center today by seven different swimmers with nine of the 10 total records coming in breaststroke events.

All of the trials are free and open to the public, here is the complete trials schedule for this weekend:

June 30 – July 2, 2016
Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center
800 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28202

Preliminaries Warm-Up: 7:30 am
Preliminaries Start Time: 9:00 am
Finals Warm-Up: 3:30 pm
Finals Start Time: 5:00 pm

More info and detailed schedule at: www.teamusa.org/swimming

June 30 – July 2, 2016
Irwin Belk Complex at Johnson C. Smith University
500 N. Summit Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28216
8:30 am – 7:00 pm

More info and detailed schedule at: www.teamusa.org/trackandfield

July 2, 2016
The Park Huntersville
13801 Reese Boulevard West, Huntersville, NC 28078
7:30 am – 1:00 pm

More info and detailed schedule at: www.teamusa.org/cycling

July 3, 2016
Romare Bearden Park
300 S Church Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the athletes who will be nominated to Team USA for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with a festive and patriotic send-off on Sunday, July 3 at 11:00 am at Romare Bearden Park.

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