Long finishes with five golds, seven medals
Jessica Long, who grew up in Middle River, won her fifth gold medal at the London Paralympics, breaking her world record in the women's 100-meter freestyle S8 with a time of 1 minute, 5.63 seconds Thursday. Long, who also two silver medals, finished 2.44 seconds in front of Great Britain's Heather Frederiksen. The 20-year-old Long led from the start to lower her own world mark by 0.43 to 1:05.63, with Great Britain's Heather Frederiksen second. "It's the first time I've really, really cried after a race. The reason was because when I was 12 years old, I wasn't even expected to go to the Paralympics," said Long, 20, who was born without ankles, heels and most of her foot bones and had both lower legs amputated before age 2. "I won my first gold medal at 100-meter freestyle aged 12, so this means everything to me. It's my third gold medal in this event and I'm so happy and so proud of myself." She added: "I love what I do, I love getting in the water. Sometimes it's not exactly fun, there are moments in the water when I'm like, 'What am I doing? This is so nerve-racking.' It's intense in there, it's hard, but once I get in that water, everything melts away. That's my home, that's where I'm a mermaid. That's my place." Long won three golds at the 2004 Paralympics and three golds, a silver and a bronze four years later.
Men's swimming: Brad Snyder, 28, a lieutenant in the Navy who lives in Baltimore, finished fourth in the 100-meter butterfly S11. Snyder, who lost his vision after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan last September while serving as a bomb defuser, rallied from seventh place after 50 meters to finish in 1:05.42, which was 2.10 seconds behind the winner. ... Ian Silverman, 16, of North Baltimore Aquatic Club and McDonogh finished seventh in the 100-meter freestyle S10. Silverman, who has bilateral spasticity, finished in 54.68, which was 3.61 seconds behind winner Andre Brasil of Brazil.
Women's track and field: Tatyana McFadden, 23, of Clarksville, who has two golds in her first two London events, qualified for the final of the 1,500-meter T54 by finishing third in her heat in 3:32.14. Lihong Zou won the heat in 3:31.93. The final will be today.
Men's wheelchair basketball: Trevon Jenifer, 23, who was born in La Plata and lives in Huntingtown, had a rebound in the United States' semifinal loss to 72-63 loss to Australia.
Brown, Bowie roll past Benedict, 28-14, in football
Keith Brown rushed nine times for 130 yards and three first-half touchdowns to power visiting Bowie State past Benedict, 28-14. Brown gave Bowie (2-0) a 7-0 lead with 9:59 left in the first quarter with a 9-yard run. He followed that with a 76-yard run with 1:11 left in the quarter, and his final run, an 8-yarder, came with 13:23 left in the half. Bowie led 28-0 at the half and held the Tigers (0-2) to 120 yards of total offense. Benedict scored twice on fumble recoveries.
Maryland football: Defensive linemen Keith Bowers (knee) and Isaiah Ross (hamstring) will return to the lineup Saturday against Temple. Neither strong safety Matt Robinson (Atholton, shoulder) nor Randy Edsall linebacker Kenny Tate (knee) is ready.
Women's college soccer: Becky Kaplan scored both goals to lead visiting Maryland to a 2-1 victory over Alabama.
Laurel Park: Owner-trainer Joe Ayers Jr. won the first two races on the opening-day card, scoring with Mr. Jiggles ($5.80) and Madalyn's Choice ($69.20). The two entered the day a combined 2-for-54. Madalyn's Choice was ridden by apprentice Silvia Zapico, who recently relocated to Maryland from the Finger Lakes. ... The Maryland Jockey Club introduced a Virtual Finish Line at the Laurel fall meet. The video insertion technology delivers virtual distance markers and a virtual finish line on the main track and turf course to enhance the broadcast of the simulcast signals.
—From Sun staff and news services