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Newfoundland and Labrador’s Chris Dugas (235) of Kippens is shown running in the male Special Olympics 100-metre final at the Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Que., on Thursday. Dugas finished fourth.
By Kenn Oliver
The Telegram—Sherbrooke, Que.
Daniel Kelloway wasn’t the only Newfoundland and Labrador sprinter running in an A final Thursday at the Canada Summer Games.
Kippens native Chris Dugas competed in the Special Olympics 100-metre final Thursday, collecting a fourth-place finish with a time of 13.08 seconds, only 17-100ths of a second shy of bronze.
“It was a good experience to run with fast runners to see how far I can go and how much further I can push myself,” said Dugas, who was first in his heat earlier this week, and ranked third going into the final.
“Today was one of those days I pushed myself beyond my limits.
“With hard work and the right people to push you, you can do anything. If people who love you and care for you have faith in you, that’s what makes the extra effort worth it.”
Today, Dugas will race in the 200m A final.
“I just gotta get my head in the game, get focused and strive to do my best,” he said.
Coach Rosie Ryan-Forsey saids Dugas is strong in both events, but the 200m offers him his best chance.
“The 100 is a little more difficult because of the fact he’s coming out of the blocks. With the 200, you have a little more time to make it up if you didn’t come out of the blocks as fast you need to,” she said.
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Dugas has come a long way since his first Games in 2009 on Prince Edward Island. There, he finished 15th and 16th respectively in the 100m and 200m.
Ryan-Forsey said she’s seen a big improvement in the Kippens native since he was a late addition to the province’s Special Olympics team last year.
“He’s really focused. He got his weight down and put a lot of work into training at the gym,” she explained.
“He really prepared himself well to come to the games this year.”
Dugas, 24, will have an opportunity to compete at the 2017 Games in Manitoba as the Special Olympics age cut-off is 30.
“It’s great because it takes a couple of rounds of this type of thing to really get his focus and his training down and really understand the whole process,” Ryan-Forsey said.
“He’s something to be reckoned with in the future.”
Dugas’ Special Olympics athletics teammate, Floressa Harris, was seventh in the female 100m B final, and will run in the 200m B final today.