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Two Edmonds athletes win USA Games medals


Uzo Okoro

A pair of athletes from Edmonds won medals at the Special Olympics USA Games last week.

Colleen Bryant took home two medals in track and field/athletics. Bryant won a gold medal in the women’s 5,000-meter race on Monday, July 2, at the University of Washington. The Edmonds runner completed the race in 21 minutes, 59.91 seconds. Bryant followed up with a first place finish in the 1,500 on Friday, July 6. She finished in 5:55.85.

Uzo Okoro was a member of Team Washington’s traditional female basketball team, which took second place on Thursday, July 5, at the University of Washington’s Alaska Airlines Arena. Okoro and seven other players lost 24-7 to Texas in the finals.

Team Washington opened play with a pair of victories on Monday, July 2, at Seattle University’s Redhawk Center. Washington defeated Southern California 26-12 and then knocked off Kansas 22-8 later that day. Washington then fell 20-10 to Texas on Tuesday, July 3, at the University of Washington’s Intramural Activities Building before rebounding to beat Southern California 24-14 on Wednesday, July 4, in the semifinals.

The fourth annual USA Games featured more than 4,000 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Fourteen sports were featured including basketball, bocce, bowling, flag football, golf, gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, softball, stand up paddle board, swimming, tennis, volleyball and track and field (athletics).

The sports were hosted at the University of Washington, King County Aquatic Center, Seattle University and Celebration Park.

Organizers said that 10,000 volunteers were recruited to support the Games and that an estimated 70,000 spectators

were expected to attend events.


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