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Paralympic Swimmer Tucker Dupree Wins Five Medals

  • Date: 2010/08/30 Paralympics News
  • Synopsis : Tucker Dupree a Paralympic Swimmer wins Silver Medal and four Bronze at 2010 International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven Netherlands.

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Tucker Dupree, a world-ranked Paralympic Swimmer from North Carolina, won a Silver Medal and four Bronze Medals at the 2010 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships Aug. 15-21 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Dupree's results follow:

Silver Medal - 100 Meter Freestyle (54.43) - New American Record

Bronze Medal - 100 Meter Butterfly (59.55) - New American Record

Bronze Medal - 100 Meter Backstroke (1:02.09) - New American Record

Bronze Medal - 50 Meter Freestyle (25.01)

Bronze Medal - 400 Meter Freestyle (4:23.44)

5th Place - 200 Meter Individual Medley (2:18.67) - New American Record

"To say that I was happy with how I swam in the Netherlands is an understatement," Dupree said. "I feel good about how I have continued to improve each meet."

Dupree has now relocated to Colorado Springs, Colo., where he'll participate in the USOC Training Facility Residency Program until he travels to London for the 2012 Paralympic Games. Dupree was chosen for the Residency Program after an application process.

"The fact that I am at the USOC Training Center now is something that I think will take me to the next level," Dupree said. "I have all the resources at my disposal here that can help me get to the (medal) podium in 2012 (at the Paralympic Games in London). I am looking forward to making the most of my elite training here in Colorado Springs."

Dupree, who won six Gold Medals at the Can-Am National Championships in San Antonio last spring that qualified him for the Netherlands meet, has now represented the United States in six international competitions, including the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.

Last December, Tucker won a Gold Medal, two Silver Medals and two Bronze Medals at the Short Course World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He's on track to win Gold at the 2012 Paralympics in London.

At age 17, Dupree, while a standout high school swimming, began to lose his vision and was diagnosed with a rare disease called Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy. In a short period of time, he lost 60-80% of his central vision in both eyes. Since that time, he has become a stronger swimmer and has also set a new life ambition: personal inspirational speaking.

The Paralympics are Olympic style games for 4,000 elite athletes representing 136 countries in 13 different disability groups, emphasizing their athletic achievements rather than their disabilities. Dupree qualified to represent the United States at the 2008 Paralympics in Minneapolis last April at the Paralympics swimming trials where he won five Gold Medals.

Dupree is a 2007 honors graduate of Garner Magnet High School in Garner, N.C. He spent the 2008-09 school year as a varsity swimmer at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C., near Shelby.

For more information, or to inquire about Tucker Dupree as an inspirational speaker, please contact www.tuckerdupree.com or 919-210-4068, or Ken Bland. To join Tucker Dupree's Fan Page, visit www.facebook.com/l/3f9c0;www.tuckerdupree.com

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