PUBLISHED: 4:23 PM on Wednesday, October 17, 2007
SHANGHAI, People's Republic of China - Runner Whitney Davis of Juneau completed his first race in the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games with a finish time of 23.37 in the 100-meter preliminary race. Davis qualified for the race with a time of 24.77. Immediately after the race, Davis said he felt "great" about his performance.
Davis, the only representative from Southeast Alaska, will continued to compete with a fourth-place in the 200-meter relay and participating in sprints and long jump. He and three others took second place in the 4x100 relay with a time of 1:24.53
Fellow Team USA swimmers from Alaska were Melanie Flowers, Jeremy Hartman and Bobby Hill.
The four Alaska athletes and one coach are participating in the World Games. Competition, which was Oct. 3-11.
Special Olympics Alaska is an accredited program of Special Olympics Inc., a global organization that has provided sports training and competition to people with intellectual disabilities since 1968. In Alaska, Special Olympics serves more than 1,500 athletes in 18 communities statewide through local community training programs.
| Courtesy photo |
| Whitney Davis of Juneau competes in the 200-meter race at the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, China. |
To see results from the games, go online to soakathletes.blogspot.com.