Little wins gold medal at Gay Games

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CHICAGO – Nashvillian Keith Little threw a javelin 43.52 meters to win the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw at the Gay Games VII in Chicago. He is the second Tennessean to bring home a medal from the games.

The throw was two meters further than his winning toss in Sydney four years ago and the longest throw of the day for all age groups.

“It was a great day for Team Nashville at the Gay Games,” said team organizer Sam Felker.

Little will compete in the shot on Thursday and the discus on Friday.

Patrick Cooper, a Vanderbilt University School of Law student, won the silver medal on Wednesday in the 5K run. Cooper’s time was 17:10.

He was the first Tennessean to medal in this year’s games. Cooper placed second in his age division, and fourth overall.

“Flying in from L.A. just for the race, Patrick placed fourth overall out of several hundred runners,” Felker said.

Stephen Olson and his doubles partner Chan Boriboun, lost in the quarter finals of men’s doubles tennis 6-4 ;6-2. 

Team Nashville celebrated the two medal wins with dinner at the Park Grill in Chicago on Wednesday night.

“But it’s more than just winning,” Felker said. “It’s about being here and competing. I’m proud Tennessee has had such a strong showing at Gay Games VII.”

Severe Thunderstorms overnight and into the morning hours of Thursday have caused all outdoor schedules to be adjusted to later start times.