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Thrills, Spills and Determined Wills Highlight Tuesday's Events

Posted June 28, 1999

— Tuesday was another big day as World Games competitions continue across the Triangle.

Roller Skating: Nicole Clouse, of Pennsylvania, took on Tray Green of New York in roller skating. Green took an early lead in the 1,000-meter race. Just as she did in qualifying, Clouse fell, but quickly returned to her feet and resumed her chase of Green. In the end, Clouse passed Green to win the gold medal in the event.

Athletics: Another big crowd turned out in the summer heat to cheer on athletes in a number of athletics events at N.C. State's Paul Derr Track. Several heats of the 100-meter dash were run simultaneously using both sides of the track.

North Carolina's top volunteer took time to help out with the athletics events. Governor Jim Hunt served as an athlete escort at the track.

Badminton: Badminton is played at a high level in Asia, where the game originated, but the sport is just beginning to catch on in the United States.

Tuesday, Dedrick Conner of Louisiana took on Logeswaran Kumar of Singapore. Kumar won both matches against his opponent. Jonathan Smith of Mississippi went up against Davinder Sood of India. Sood was the easy winner of that match.

Aquatics: At the aquatics competition, the Special Olympics spirit created a memorable moment. Everyone had finished the 200-meter freestyle except Russell Corley of Jamestown. His efforts to finish the race were not ignored. The crowd at UNC's Koury Natatorium cheered Corley to the finish.

Among those in attendance cheering on competitors was Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics.

Team Handball: You could call team handball a cross between basketball, lacrosse and dodge ball. The sport was first offered at the 1991 Special Olympics Word Games. This year, 140 athletes from 12 countries are expected to compete.

Bocce: Special Olympics Bocce athletes competed on 12 new courts at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro. Bocce is a game in which a ball is rolled down a lane, and the closer you get to a smaller ball, the more points you score. Several countries participated in Tuesday's competitions, including Peru, Iceland, Zimbabwe and several teams representing the U.S.

Gymnastics: Gymnasts took time out from competition Tuesday evening for a special treat. Olympic gold medalists, and husband and wife team, Bart Connor and Nadia Comaneci put on their own kind of gymnastics demonstration at the Raleigh Convention Center.

For results of other competitions and individual accomplishments, check the Sports/Results section of the Official 99 Games site.

Stay tuned to WRAL, the official TV station of the World Summer Games, for complete coverage. We'll recap the day's events each weeknight from 7:30 to 8 p.m. You can also catch a five-minute recap each night after WRAL's 11:00 News. Of course, you can also watch it all onWRAL OnLine.Photographers:Todd GibsonandJim Young


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