Odia girl Camilla Patnaik wins two medals in Special Olympics World Games


Bhubaneswar: A differently-abled Odia girl, Camilla Patnaik, has won two medals for India in Special Olympics World Games held at Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

More than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries took part in 24 summer sports.

The 18-year-old Odia girl from Pune clinched a silver medal in the 800-metre freestyle category and a bronze medal in the 1500-metre open water category.

Camilla was diagnosed with Down syndrome (DS or DNS), a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of the third copy of chromosome 21. The disease is associated with physical growth delays, mild to moderate intellectual disability, and characteristic facial features.

At the age of three, she started her training in swimming and later found her interest in this field. She also hopes to excel more in such sporting events in the future.

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