Lanning, Navalta win gold at Special Olympics

  • Photo courtesy Special Olympics Hawaii

    Kauai’s Archie Lanning competes in the men’s running long jump during day 3 of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Wash., on Wednesday.

  • Photo courtesy Special Olympics Hawaii

    Athletes and coaches from Kauai, representing Team Hawaii, stop for a photo during day 4 of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Wash., on Thursday. From left: coach Tamarine Carvalho, Katelin Heller, Archie Lanning, Divina Navalta, Kobe Iglesia and coach Leona Sa McDermott.

SEATTLE — Athletes from the Garden Isle continued to add to their medal haul as the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games ended Friday.

Four athletes from Kauai joined a Hawaii team of 22, which competed against 4,000 countrywide in 14 Olympic-type team and individual sports.

Kauai’s Divina Navalta won gold in the 200-meter run F10 division with a time of 30.77 seconds. Joining Naval in winning gold, Kauai’s Archie Lanning placed first in the men’s running long jump M01 division with a distance of 2.49 meters.

Also competing in the men’s running long jump, Kauai’s Kobe Iglesia won the bronze in the men’s running long jump M06 division with a distance of 2.84 meters.

Team Hawaii also placed fifth in the 4 x 100 meter relay. Kauai’s Navalta, Lanning, Iglesia and Katelin Heller ran the relay.

Also representing the state, a team from Big Island placed fifth in the basketball tournament. In soccer, and Oahu team won gold in soccer and defeated South Carolina, 5-3.

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