Jillian Forsey settles for fifth in 5,000-m race
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Bronze medal winner Chris Dugas of Kippens, right, stands on the podium with gold-medal winner Peter West Snider of Ontario, centre, and silver-medallist Gabriel Dupuy of Quebec during the medal ceremony for the Special Olympics men’s 200-metre final.
CORNER BROOK — Chris Dugas picked up Newfoundland and Labrador’s second medal of the 2013 Canada Summer Games with bronze in the Special Olympics 200-m race.
The Kippens native posted a final clocking of 14 minutes event to claim bronze to push Newfoundland and Labrador’s medal count to two in Sherbrooke, Que. St. John’s swimming sensation Owen Daly earned a silver medal for the province with a stellar performance in the 50-m butterfly in the first half of the Games after finished fourth overall in the 100-m butterfly.
Dugas missed the podium one day earlier when he finished fourth in the 100-m final with a time of 23.08 seconds, only 17-100ths of a second shy of bronze.
He has come a long way since his first Games in 2009 on Prince Edward Island where he finished 15th and 16th respectively in the 100m and 200m. At 24 years of age, Dugas will have an opportunity to compete at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Manitoba because the Special Olympics age cutoff is 30.
The following is a look at how local athletes fared in the second week of the 2013 Canada Summer Games:
Kippens native Jillian Forsey settled for fifth spot in the 5,000-m race, while Deer Lake’s Melissa Hardy — a member of the St. Francis Xavier University track team — placed sixth overall. Hardy fnished 14th overall in the 1,500-m race with a final clocking of 19:50.
William Forsey, older sibling of Jillian Forsey, finished 14th in the 800-m race.
Sarah Woodland of Corner Brook placed 13th in shot put and discus before claiming 18th spot in the javelin throw.
Jordan Baird finished 25th in road race, 26th in the individual time trial and 35th in the criterium for the province’s cycling team.
Matthew Barry finished 39th in road race, 41st in individual time trial and 42nd in the criterium, while fellow Corner Brook rider Dylan Thomas placed 36th in both road race and individual time trial and 39th in criterium.
Ryan Burton fnished 30th overall for the men’s golf team, while fellow Corner Brook native Lorraine Coleman finished 30th on the women’s side.
Ryan George of Deer Lake finished 17th overall in the 100-m backstroke, 18th in 50-m backstroke and 34th in 200-m backstroke. The Deer Lake native also placed 43rd in 50-m butterfly.
Nicholas Sparkes of Corner Brook finished in 16th spot in the 200-m medley for his best performance in the pool. The budding swimmer with the Corner Brook Rapids Swim Club finished 21st in 50-m breaststroke, 100-m breaststroke and 200-m breaststroke, while nabbing 38th spot in the 100-m butterfly.
Spencer Campbell of Stephenville took fifth spot in the 54-kg male weight class for Newfoundland and Labrador’s wrestling contingent, while Katara White of Stephenville finished sixth overall in the 52-kg female weight category.
Riley Power of Lourdes mustered a ninth-place finish in 50-kg male weight class, while his sister Bethany Power of Lourdes claimed 10th spot in the 56-kg female weight category. John Mauger of Port aux Basques nabbed seventh spot in the 76-kg male weight division, while Jesse Byrne of Stephenville settled for ninth spot in the 69-kg male weight class.