Olympian Michael Phelps awarding medals to Special Olympics winners. Photo courtesy of the Special Olympics
Olympian Michael Phelps awarding medals to Special Olympics winners. Photo courtesy of the Special Olympics

Monica Prieto of Paraguay set a record Sunday in the the 10,000-meter run, the first medal event of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

Prieto won in a Special Olympics World Games-record 44 minutes, 13.98 seconds.

American Karen Dickerson — holder of the previous record of 45:40.86 in 2011 — was second Sunday at USC’s Loker Stadium, with 44:53.42.

Onesmus Munyao Mutinda of Kenya was the winner of the men’s race with 32:46.10. Christian Weissenberger of Germany was second at 35:54.39 and Denis Fabian Perez Hernandez of Uruguay third at 36:28.09.

Medals were also awarded in triathlon, at Alamitos Beach in Long Beach, and in swimming at USC’s Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

Competition was also held in bocce, badminton, roller skating, table tennis, team handball, all at the Los Angeles Convention Center; bowling at the Lucky Strike Lanes at L.A. Live; rhythmic gymnastics; soccer; softball, tennis and volleyball at UCLA; basketball at USC; beach volleyball and open water swimming at Alamitos Beach in Long Beach; and soccer at the Balboa Sports Center in Encino.

Competition in Los Angeles’ largest sporting event since the 1984 Summer Olympics will continue through Saturday. Admission is free.

City News Service

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