Juneau Special Olympians find success at World Summer Games

Posted: Friday, June 27, 2003

Juneau's Michelle Boster won her division of the 100-meter dash at the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games this week in Dublin, Ireland.

Boster is one of two Juneau athletes - Nathan Walsh is the other - competing in the World Summer Games. There are 18 Alaska athletes among the more than 7,000 participants at this year's games, which began June 20 and run through Sunday.

Boster, 23, who competes in track events, ran against seven other athletes in the divisional finals of the 100-meter dash. She finished in 18.29 seconds, edging Denmark's Janni Gasdal by .05 seconds.

Boster's prelimnary-round time was 18.23 seconds. In both races, she beat her qualifying time of 18.75 seconds.

Boster is also competing in the 200-meter dash and as a member of a 4x100-meter relay team. She has not yet competed in the 200, but her relay team finished second in its division in the preliminary round with a time of 1 minute, 12.56 seconds.

Walsh entered the bowling competition with a qualifying score of 94 - and proceeded to roll a 159 game on the world stage in the preliminary round. Walsh's also bowled a 93 and a 98 game to give him a combined 350 series in the prelims. He has not yet competed in the finals.

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