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Local wins seven medals at Arizona Police games

November 16, 2001|By CHRIS GRANT, Sports Editor

Roy Freeman knows running.

In fact, the 37-year old U.S. Immigration and Naturalization officer knows running so well that he recently journeyed to the Arizona Police and Fire games and returned home with seven medals.

"I did pretty good," said Freeman. "I was happy with my results. I wish had more time to train, but I only had about a month."

To say Freeman did pretty well is a huge understatement. He won gold medals in the 100-meter high hurdles, 400, 400 low hurdles and 4x100 relay. He took silvers in the 50, 100 and 200.


This was not the first time Freeman had found success on the track. Last year he competed in the California Police and Fire games, where he won two golds (100 hurdles, 4x100), a silver (100 hurdles) and a bronze (200).

When the opportunity came for Freeman to compete in the Arizona games, he jumped at the chance.

"I found out about it through a co-worker," he added.

He spent the following month training at Southwest High School in El Centro and then embarked on his gold-medal journey.

"I work out at the gym all year long," he added. "I started running when the event came up."

Freeman has not always been a track star. A native of Williamsboro, La., he played basketball in high school and only began running in 1985.

"I'd never run track before," he said. "I just like competing and I had some friends who told me I was quick and fast and they thought I should try competing on this level."

It seems apparent that Freeman's friends were right. He is planning to take a return trip to the Arizona games in March and plans to play locally in the Charity Bowl, a football game that matches players from different law enforcement agencies and is usually played at the beginning of the year.

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