ParalympianPara Track and Field

Jarryd Wallace

Paralympian 2012, 2016, 2020

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Athlete Bio

jarry wallace on the podium in tokyo
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May 15, 1990


Athens, GA


University of Georgia

classification: T44

A high school state champion in the 800- and 1,600-meters, Wallace grew up in an athletic family as the son of a collegiate tennis coach and former all-conference distance runner at the University of Georgia...During his junior year in 2010, he started feeling pain in his right shin then ultimately learned it was the effect of compartment syndrome...Complications in surgery caused him to make the decision to amputate his leg below the knee...While doing online research, Wallace came across the world record list for Paralympic track and field, subsequently showing his parents and telling them that his name would be there...Within 12 weeks of his amputation, he had his first running blade and just 15 months after his amputation, he won his first major international gold and set a world record at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico...Son of Jeff and Sabina Wallace...Has one older sister, Brittany...Married to Lea Babcock...Owns a Hungarian Vizsla named Luna...Hobbies include music, playing guitar, wakeboarding, surfing, writing and reading...Started a Leg in Faith Foundation in 2012 that gives grants to amputees 18-year-old and over who are dedicated to becoming future U.S. Paralympians...Works part-time as a territory representative for a prosthetic company called Shamrock Prosthetics, where he coaches patients through their amputation and recovery.
  • Three-time Paralympian (2012, 2016, 2020)
  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, bronze (200-meter)
  • Paralympic Games Rio 2016, 5th (100-meter)
  • Paralympic Games London 2012, 6th (400-meter)
  • Most recent: 2023 – bronze (long jump)
  • Years of Participation: 2013, 2017, 2023
  • Medals: 5 (3 golds, 2 bronze)
  • Gold – 2017 (200-meter); 2013 (4x100-meter relay, 200-meter)
  • Bronze – 2023 (long jump); 2017 (100-meter)
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