Team Hawaii brings home 8 medals at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

Team Hawaii brings home 8 medals at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games
Thousands packed the stadium for the Special Olympic Games ceremonies. (Image: Special Olympics Hawaii)
Thousands packed the stadium for the Special Olympic Games ceremonies. (Image: Special Olympics Hawaii)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For months, athletes with the Special Olympics Hawaii team have been training to participate in the national games.

They represented Hawaii well securing eight medals total as the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games wrapped up this week in Seattle Washington.

The athletes competed in various sporting events like soccer, track and field, and basketball.

Divine Naval of Kauai brought home the gold for the 100 dash in the track and field competition. Her time of 14.78 was the fastest time of any female athlete in both the 100 and 200 meter races at the games, an organization spokesperson said.

Other winners included:

  • Katelin Heller: Shot Put - 5.81 (Bronze Medal), 100 meter - 18.30 seconds (Gold Medal)
  • Divine Naval: 200 meter - 30.77 (Gold Medal)
  • Archie Lanning: Running Long Jump - 2.49 (Gold Medal)
  • Kobe Iglesia: Running Long Jump - 2.84 (Bronze Medal),200 meter - 31.68 seconds (Gold Medal)
  • Soccer team: Win vs South Carolina 5-3 (Gold Medal)

The 22 Special Olympics Hawaii athletes were chosen to represent the islands from 3,400 participants statewide.

They flew to Seattle where they went up against 4,000 Special Olympics athletes from around the country in 14 Olympic-type team and individual sports, Special Olympics Hawaii said.

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