Wendy Dickson won four gold medals and broke two records, which she had set previously, in the process. Dickson, 71, was the sole competitor in all four events this year. She broke the Summer Games distance record for her age division in the discus competition with a throw of 15.98 meters. Dickson also broke the Summer Games record for her division in the 100-meter dash with a time of 23.87 seconds.
Dickson, who was the top U.S. finisher at the World Senior Games in October 2012 in javelin, shot put, and discus, winning bronze, silver and gold in those events, also won gold medals in javelin and shotput at this year’s Utah Summer Games.
Andy Pitas won silver medals in the 100-meter and long jump competitions in his age division at the Summer games. He said he is in the process of rebuilding his left knee using stem cell treatments and is unable to compete at top form quite yet.
Pitas, 70, is the current record holder in several Utah Summer Games events, including the long jump competitions for men age 60 to 64 and 65 to 69, and the 100-meter dash for men age 60-64.
“The best aspect of all these competitions is the friendships and camaraderie they encourage,” Pitas said.