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Bedard sprints to second medal


If winning one medal was thrilling for Ray Bedard, earning two must have been overwhelming.

The Fort Frances resident returned to the podium over the weekend when he won bronze in the 200m dash at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland.

With a time of 30.15 in the final, Bedard trailed gold medalist Pawel Moszczynski of Poland (25.66) and silver medalist Christopher Kassulke from Australia (26.13).

Bedard, who finished at 30.78 in his preliminary heat after qualifying for the Games in 31.11, was assured of a medal when Mathieu Victor of the Seychelles failed to start the race.

On Thursday, Bedard nailed a final round jump of 4.45 metres to take silver in the long jump event, just behind winner Claudio Garcia of Brazil (4.54).

A third medal was within reach for Bedard as a member of Canada 2 in the 4x100m final. But he and teammates Steve Gauthier, Kalim Keays, and Jean-Francois Leclerc, who had clocked 53.33 to win their preliminary heat, ended up eighth overall with a time of 57.28.

South Africa 1 won gold with a mark of 49.61, followed by Kenya 2 (50.99) and Ecuador 2 (51.25).

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