Potomac Valley swimmer Antoinette “Toni” Davis, representing the USA, garnered 4th place in the Women’s 100m Butterfly, S8 Classification, at the ongoing Paralympic Games underway in Athens, Greece. Toni’s time in prelims (1:25.98) established a new American record, shattering her existing mark of 1:30.02.
The Paralympics are elite sport events for athletes from six different disability groups; however, they emphasize the participants’ athletic achievements rather than their disability. Organized for the first time in Rome in 1960, these competitions are held in the same year as the Olympic Games and in the same venues, hence the name derived as Parallel Olympics.
The ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games are second only to the Olympic Games in their magnitude. 3,837 athletes from 136 nations traveled to Greece to show the world what they are capable of achieving - representing their countries in 19 Paralympic sports.
Toni also swam a
personal best time and finished 7th in the 50m Freestyle. Congratulations Toni
for your dedication that resulted in a drop in times while representing both
yourself and your country in this premiere World competition!