Hawaii athletes earn 9 medals at Special Olympics World Games

Photo courtesy Special Olympics Hawaii

Three Special Olympics Hawaii athletes are returning home from the weekend Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles with a bunch of medals.

Isaiah Wong earned a total of two silver and two gold medals in weightlifting.

Wong, competing in the 93 kg weight class, won the gold medal in the dead lift (see above video) with a 205 kg, in combination of three lifts with 497.5 kg for a total combined weight of 1,094.5 pounds lifted, giving him another gold medal.

He won his silver medals in the squat with 180 kg and bench with a 112.5 kg.

Kauai native Chaunci Cummings earned two medals, a silver in the 100-meter dash and the bronze in the 4×100 meter relay.

And Ikaika Morita-Sunada ended up winning three medals in swimming: Two silvers in the 4×100 medley relay and the 200-meter breaststroke, and a bronze in the 100-meter breaststroke.

The world games celebrated the Special Olympics movement while promoting the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sports and highlighting the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities.

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