April Holmes has a new member of her “medal family,” as the Paralympic sprinter calls it.
, clocked a seasonal-best 13.33-second performance in the 100-meter race, trailing only Marie-Amelie le Fur of France (13.26) and Dutch runner Marlou van Rhijn (13.32).
Holmes entered the race as its defending gold medalist and a one-time world record-holder. 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:
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 placed second in the second of two 200-meter T44 qualifying heats today, and will compete in the final Thursday. You can follow her progress on the official 2012 London Paralympics website.