By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
July 26, 2013
Jersey City, NJ – Four-time Paralympic gold medalist Raymond Martin’s gold medal streak continues in France after he collected four gold medals at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championship in Lyon.
Team USA is now on third place following Brazil, 2nd, and Russia on first place, thanks to multi-medalist winners like Filipino-American racer Raymond Martin.
Martin struck gold in the men’s T-52 1500m, 800m, 200m and 100m races.
“I knew it was going to be real close in the end, I honestly wasn’t sure, until the end, I just edged him out,” Martin said in an interview with Paralympic SportTV.
Earlier Friday, Martin qualified for the Men’s T-52 400 meter race and is vying for another gold medal on Saturday.
“I also like the 400, that’s a really great race too, so I’m just really excited,” he said.
Martin is also breaking records in this gold rush.
He broke the current record in the Men’s T-52 200 meter race with 31.48 seconds in Lyon, France, but not enough to break his own World Record of 30.18 seconds in Indianapolis, Indiana race.
Martin also broke the current record in the Men’s T-52 1500 meter race with 3 minutes and 51.28 seconds and 800 meter with 1 minute and 59.52 seconds record time.
More than a thousand athletes from 99 countries are competing in Lyon this week.
Majority of them are medal winners from the London Summer Paralympic Games as they get ready for the next Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil in 2016.