Jamaica has gotten its first ever gold medal in the Special Olympics World Winter Games.
In its 34th year, the Special Olympics World Winter Games is being held in Graz, Austria and is hosting 2,700 athletes from 107 countries.
Yesterday, 19-year-old Romaine Austin earned the historic gold medal for Jamaica after winning division 15 of the 500m speed skating race, clocking just over 1:18 minutes, ahead of three competitors from Hong Kong.
The previous day, Austin’s speed skating teammate Dave Oddman won silver in division 23 of the 222m event. Both are expected to compete again today – the final day of competition, in separate divisions for a shot at gold in the 333m event.
Jamaica’s floor hockey team also did well at the games, after coming back from 1 goal down to defeat Costa Rica 2-1 to win a bronze medal.
3 other Caribbean nations are competing alongside Jamaica in the Special Olympics World Winter Games – the Dominican Republic, St. Lucia, and Trinidad & Tobago.
D.R. earned silver medals in the Snowshoeing 4X100M Relay and the Snowshoeing 100M Race, and bronze in the Snowshoeing 200M Race. St. Lucia and T&T have yet to medal.
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