RIO DE JANEIRO --- Tennessee State graduate Markeith Price capped his performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games with strong showings in the 100m and the 400m.
Price, who graduated from TSU in 2012, competed in the T-13 Visually Impaired classification. He earned fifth place in the finals of the 400m with a personal record time of 49.96.
Price earned his place in the finals thanks to a time of 50.20, which was the seventh-best time in the qualifying round earlier at the Paralympics. He was able to trim his time in the finals to improve his position and set the personal best time.
Also competing in the 100m, Prince came up just short of qualifying for the finals with another personal best of 11.23.
At the age of three, Price was diagnosed with Optic Nerve Atrophy, a condition caused by damage of the optic nerve or due to the nerve never fully developing at birth. Typical vision is 20/20, but the vision in Price’s right eye ranges from 20/250-20/400 based on the lighting, and his left eye is in the 20/600-20/800 range.
Price was one of 66 Americans chosen for the 2016 Paralympic Games. It was Price’s second time competing on the biggest stage after earning a sixth place finish in the long jump and taking eighth in the 400m at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.