Medal glory for Bermuda in Abu Dhabi

  • Janaysha Maloney and Solay Thomas competed in the 100 metres walk

Bermuda won three more bronze medals in the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates yesterday, with Kirk Dill, Kris Trott and Damon Emery all placing third in separate 100 metres races.

Dill clocked 15.34sec to finish third in his race, after previously finishing fourth in the 200. Trott also added a third-place finish to his fourth in the 200 on Sunday when he claimed the bronze with a time of 13.81 in the 100. Emery won a bronze in his 100 race, with a time of 14.70. He finished eighth in the 200 on Sunday.

Solay Thomas and J’Naysha Maloney had good performances in the 100 walk, but were disqualified after their respective times of 31.74 seconds and 31.80 seconds exceeded the maximum-effort rule as they walked faster than 25 per cent of their qualifying time of 41.09 seconds.

“The times exceeded the maximum-effort rule in Special Olympics, which states that you cannot go faster than 25 per cent of your qualifying time,” Alicia Zuill, a Bermuda official, explained. “Both walkers were just over the mark and were given participation medals.”