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P.E.I.'s Roy Paynter wins gold at 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Roy Paynter, centre, stands on the gold-medal podium at the 2019 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Paynter, the lone Special Olympics P.E.I. athlete with Team Canada, won gold in the 200-metre freestyle.
Roy Paynter, centre, stands on the gold-medal podium at the 2019 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Paynter, the lone Special Olympics P.E.I. athlete with Team Canada, won gold in the 200-metre freestyle. - Contributed

P.E.I. athlete claims second medal in swimming pool

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —

Roy Paynter will return home from the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi with multiple medals.

After winning a bronze in the 100-metre backstroke on Friday, the 21-year-old son of Brian and Sarah Paynter of Clinton captured a gold medal in the 200-metre freestyle on Sunday, stopping the clock in 2:55.70.

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Paynter, the lone Special Olympics P.E.I. athlete with Team Canada, also helped his team to a 2:32.91 performance in the 4x50-metre relay on Wednesday. His time in the 100-metre backstroke was 1:34.91.
Paynter’s final event of the World Games will be the 100-metre breaststroke on Wednesday, March 20.
Paynter earned a spot with Team Canada by winning six medals at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games in Antigonish, NS., in early August.

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