April Holmes has a new member of her “medal family,” as the Paralympian calls it, after she sprinted her way to a bronze finish at the 2012 Paralympics.
Holmes, who hails from Somerdale, clocked a 13.33-second finish time in the 100-meter race, finishing just behind France’s Marie-Amelie le Fur (13.26) and the Netherlands’ Marlou van Rhijn (13.32). Her time was a seasonal best for the athlete.
Holmes entered the race as the defending gold medalist. She competes in the T44 classification for Paralympians with amputations. Holmes lost her left leg below the knee after a train accident.
The runner is tweeting her experiences from the Paralympics:
Getting dressed to go get my medal. YIPPEE! It was tough sleeping without the newest member of my medal family.
This crowd here @paralympic Games athletic stadium is AMAZING! They cheer so loud it gives you goosebumps
Nearly impossible to individually respond to all the text and tweets of support. So here is my personal "THANK YOU"! #YouPushedMe
Holmes will have a second chance at medaling in the 200-meter T44 race. The preliminary heats take place Wednesday.