GREENWICH, Conn. – Greenwich’s Karen Newman won her second gold medal of the National Senior Games on Tuesday by winning the 5K road race.
Newman, who won the triathlon in the 50-54 age group on Sunday, won the 5K in 21:40.3. Kyomi Parente of New York finished second in 22:12, and Gerrianne Lockhart-Walker of El Paso, Texas, was third in 23:36.2.
“I am over the moon happy,’’ Newman said. “Everything was beyond my wildest dreams. God blessed me more than I could possibly imagine.”
Newman, 52, is a breast cancer survivor who finished second in the International Triathlon Union Age Group World Championships last year. She also finished eighth in the USA Triathlon National Championships last summer. She said the championships in the National Senior Games were similarly rewarding.
“Being here with all of these athletes is amazing,’’ Newman said. “I’ve always had this dream of being in the Olympics. They make this as close to the Olympics as you can possible get. This is my Olympic dream. Watching the torch come in, everything they’ve done has been amazing. I was looking at a 71-year-old grandmother doing the high jump, and I was floored at the athletes who are doing these things. It has been the best experience.”
The Senior Games are a 19-sport biennial competition for men and women ages 50-and-over. The first Games were held in 1987. More than 10,000 athletes competed in the 2011 Senior Games in Houston. Athletes need to meet rigorous standards to qualify for the event.
Newman’s win Sunday came on her son's birthday, which helped make the day memorable.
“I remember praying before he was born for a healthy baby, and he was born on July 21,’’ she said. “Then this race was on July 21, and my number was 21. I was crying, because this wasn’t a coincidence. I think God was preparing me for this day for my whole life.”
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