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Local youth earns three Jr. Olympic gold medals

11 year-old Christian Sanda of Hudson displays the three first place medals he earned at the 2009 AAU West Coast Junior Olympic Games in Reno, Nev., over July 4th weekend. Submitted photo

Christian Sanda, age 11, of Hudson, broke three meet records to bring home three gold medals from the 2009 AAU West Coast Junior Olympic Games in Reno, Nev., over the 4th of July weekend.

Sanda, competing in the Pre-Midget Division, won the 100 meter dash in 13.61 seconds, the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 2.5 inches, and the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 2 inches.

All three marks are new AAU West Coast Junior Olympic records in the Pre-Midget Division and earned Sanda a spot at the AAU Junior Olympics National Meet in Des Moines, Iowa, July 27 - Aug. 8.

Sanda, who has also been bust playing baseball this summer, will be a fifth grader at Willow River Elementary School in the fall. He has been training in track and field with Team Woodbury since last winter and also competed in the AAU Indoor Nationals in Merrillville, Ind., in 2008.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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