(1992-12-19) December 19, 1992 (age 24)
Canyon, Texas, U.S.
6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
175 lb (79 kg)
Breaststroke, freestyle, individual medley
Representing United States
400m Freestyle S11
100m Breaststroke SB11
IPC World Championships
100 m Breaststroke SB11
400 m Freestyle S11
Tharon Drake is an American swimmer. He is the current U.S. record-holder in S11 class in 50m freestyle, 50m and 100m backstroke, 50m and 100m breaststroke, 200m individual medley (short course); 50m and 100m breaststroke (short course); 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke (long course). Drake won silver in the 100m breast at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championship. Drake lost his eyesight following complications from a routine vaccination.
At the 2016 Paralympic Games, Drake won a silver medal in the 400m Freestyle S11. Drake’s time in the finals was 4:40.96, behind USA teammate Brad Snyder. Drake also won a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke SB11 with a time of 1:11.50.
Tharon began swimming at the age of 9. He swam on the Hobbs High School and Caprock Swim Team, both in Hobbs, New Mexico. In November 2007, Drake suffered from amnesia that was onset from routine vaccines. It was determined that an existing genetic condition compromised his immune system and his body couldn’t fight off the viruses from the vaccines. Through help of medication, he was able to overcome the amnesia. In February 2008, Drake noticed some changes in his vision, and by June 2008, he was totally blind, without any perception of light.
After graduating high school in 2011, Tharon continued his path in swimming and qualified as an alternate for the 2012 London Paralympics.
Swimming at the 2016 Summer Paralympics
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