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Speed skater Austin wins Jamaica's first gold at Special Olympics World Winter Games

Published:Thursday | March 23, 2017 | 11:52 AM
Romaine Austin in Austria today. – @JamaicaSOJ Photo
Jamaica's Floor Hockey team in Austria today. – @JamaicaSOJ Photo

Romaine Austin earned a historic gold medal for Jamaica after winning division 15 of the 500 metres speed skating race this morning at Liebenau Ice Rink Stadium at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.

The 19-year-old Austin won the event ahead of three competitors from Hong Kong.

On Wednesday, Austin's speed skating teammate Dave Oddman won silver in division 23 of the 222 metres event.

Both are expected to compete in separate divisions on Friday's final day of competition for a shot at gold in the 333 metres event, also at the Liebenau venue.

Meanwhile, Jamaica's Special Olympics floor hockey team came from a goal down to defeat Costa Rica two-one to win bronze medal on the main court today.

Captain Sydney Manyan conjured two moments of brilliance to notch both goals for the Jamaicans, while goalkeeper Oshain Daley made a sensational reflex save to help secure third place in the top floor hockey division. Canada and Hungary are slated to play-off for gold.