Casey Acree Dominates Men’s Upper Extremity Division for Third Year in a Row
Adaptive athlete Casey Acree has thus far swept the Men’s Upper Extremity division with six first place finishes going into the final day of competition.
The athlete is a dominant force in his division with 250 points between him and the athlete currently in second place. As previously reported by Morning Chalk Up’s Emily Beers, Acree was born with a congenital defect “that caused his arm to stop developing in the womb. As a result, he was born without a left arm below his elbow.”
Dominance year over year: This is a place Acree is familiar with and one might wonder if he’s tired of winning. In the 2022 Games, Acree also swept all eight events and wasn’t far off in 2021 when he placed first in every event besides Event 3.
- Acree isn’t just taking first in these tests, but rather he is running away with the gold in a sense. His Helen score of 8:29 was almost a minute faster than the second-place finisher in the event. He also outlifted the second-place finisher by 70 pounds for the Olympic Total.
- The final day of competition for Age Group/Adaptive athletes will include two final tests; Endure the Coliseum and Final Positions. The first of which is a machine heavy test that will be all about endurance, while the final test is a true sprint to the finish mixing gymnastics with a bit of dumbbell work.
- The Age Group/Adaptive divisions will crown their winners on Thursday evening, as Teams and Individuals are just beginning their competition.
The bottom line: Acree’s dominance is notable and begs the question of who might give him a run for his money in years to come. His performance is not only impressive on its own merits, it also continues to show that it doesn’t matter what ailment you may have, if you put in the work it will pay off.