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Barbados win silver at Special Olympics


Barbados win silver at Special Olympics

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BARBADOS HAVE WON a silver medal in bocce at the 2015 Los Angeles Special Olympics World Games.

The unified team of Felicia McLennan and Patrick Hinds, along with unified partners Nadia McLennan and Rico Wiggins finished second to Thailand in their division, while the United States were third.

Unified teams comprise athletes who have intellectual challenges and their partners who don’t.

This came after a stunning 11-4 victory over Italy. This was particularly significant because Italy are generally known as the birthplace of bocce, and it is a popular sport in that country.

In swimming, Kofi Cadogan earned a fourth placed ribbon in the 25 metre backstroke. He will also be competing in the 25M freestyle and 4×25 metres relay.

The good news continued in seven-a-side football, with two confidence boosting victories. Barbados blanked Belgium 4-0 and did away with Costa Rica 3-1.

Preliminary results on the track have also laid the foundation for more good performances later in athletics.

From the opening rounds, Nikita Maycock and Sharnara Cain were first in the 100 metres and Akintunde Hall was first in the 200 and 400 metres. Rosie Murray was second in the 100 metres and Korey Kellman and Tyson Browne both finished second in the 200 and 800 metres, respectively.  (PR/SAT)