Bethel Park native Trevor Barron competed in the 20km Race Walk at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Saturday. His time of 1:22:46 placed him 26th among the 48 finishers, and he steadily improved his position throughout the race. The 19-year old Barron was the only American to compete in the event. Chen Ding of China won the gold medal with an Olympic Record time of 1:18:46.
Barron’s athletic achievement is all the more impressive considering his medical history. When he was 14, he underwent brain surgery for epilepsy at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is currently a computer science major at Colorado College.