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For the first time in its 47-year history, the Special Olympics World Games included triathlon as part of its lineup. The half-mile swim, 11-mile bike and 3-mile run took place in Long Beach, Calif. with a big crowd of spectators and media looking on. Seventeen-year-old Noah Dellas, a New Jersey native who is a member of Team USA, was the first athlete to cross the finish line, greeted by his coach Lisa Rumer. Uruguay’s Florencia Barranque won gold for the women, with Americans Amy Doctor and Courtney Dreyfus rounding out the podium. As part of the Unified Sports Experience, a program that pairs high-level athletes or celebrities with Special Olympics athletes, pros Heather Jackson and Sarah Haskins took part on relay teams for the event.