The Bahamas continued its exceptional showing at the 15th Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), picking up four more medals on the fourth day of competition – three gold and one silver. The Bahamas now has 11 total medals at the games – five gold, two silver and four bronze.
Team Bahamas picked up a pair of gold medals in the men’s 400 meters (m). In the M08 Final, 18-year-old Frank Knowles won in 57.36 seconds. Ahamed MD Sagor, of Bangladesh, was second in 58.51 seconds, and Tyrique Morton, representing St. Kitts & Nevis, finished third in 59.36 seconds.
In the M16 Final of the men’s 400m, Deron Forbes was back at it, winning his second medal of the meet. After winning a silver medal in the 200m on Sunday, Forbes struck gold in the 400m on Monday. The 31-year-old Bahamian completed his race in 55.97 seconds for the gold medal. Jamaican Rajae Patterson won the silver medal in 57.10 seconds, and Freddy Andrade, of Ecuador, won the bronze medal in 57.44 seconds.
The athletics portion of the meet is being held at the Police Officers Club Stadium in Dubai.
The other gold medal from The Bahamas on Monday came from Abaco native Latonya Moss in women’s singles in bocce. Moss, 27, won all three of her matches in the F26 Division at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on Monday. Jelena Vujosevic, of Montenegro, won the silver medal, and Ania Isidore, of St. Lucia captured the bronze medal. Vujosevic won two of her three matches, and Isidore won one out of three.
The Bahamas’ lone silver medal on the day came from Caitlin Romer in the women’s 100m – a day after she won gold in the 200m.
Competing in the F04 Final, Romer, 14, was second in 14.64 seconds. Zainab Bello, of Nigeria, won the gold medal in 14.32 seconds, Romer was second, and Hao Lei Chio, of Macau, finished third in 15.04 seconds.
The Bahamas’ unified doubles team in bowling finished seventh. Competing in the D06 Division over at the Khalifa International Bowling Centre, the team of 21-year-old Austin Green and 36-year-old Lesley Taylor had an 842 total pinfall. Panama won the gold medal, Kuwait took the silver, and Macau claimed bronze.
In the unified 7-a-side soccer competition inside the Zayed Sports City Complex, Team Bahamas lost to Mongolia, 2-1, and will play China in the bronze medal match today. The Bahamas finished with a 1-2-1 win-loss-draw record in regular round-robin play. Their only win of the tournament so far came over China.
The Bahamas will be back in action today, competing in athletics, bowling, bocce and soccer. The country is being represented by a 24-member team, competing in five sporting disciplines, at the biennial Special Olympics World Summer Games, in Abu Dhabi.
The Special Olympics World Games is a multi-sport event for athletes with intellectual disabilities in the tradition of the Special Olympics movement. About 7,000 athletes from 170 nations are taking part in the games this year. The games can be streamed live through the world games app which is available on an iPhone by doing a search for “World Games Abu Dhabi”.
The closing ceremony is set for Thursday, March 21, at the Zayed Sports City Stadium, where the Special Olympics flag will be handed over from Abu Dhabi to Jämtland County, Sweden, as the host of the 2021 Special Olympics World Games.