Best friends from Baltimore place 1-2 in 200-meter dash

July 06, 1995|By Paul Davies | Paul Davies,Special to The Sun

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Nothing comes between Tico Clawson and Brian Fultz.

The two Special Olympics runners from Baltimore are best friends and do nearly everything together.

They train together, play basketball together, hang out together and go to the movies together.

"The only thing that comes between them is a few seconds on the track," said their coach, Bill Wood.

That was the case Tuesday at the Special Olympics World Games when Clawson, 17, edged Fultz, 16, in the 200-meter dash.

Clawson's time of 22.68 seconds was a personal best and earned him a gold medal -- the first gold among the 57 Maryland athletes competing in the World Games.

"The only one I was afraid of was him," he said, pointing to Fultz.

Wood said he was not surprised by their one-two finish. That's the result of most races that Clawson and Fultz compete in.

"Brian has more silver medals than anyone I know," Wood said.

That's because Clawson is just a few seconds faster.

"I've won everything I've been in," said Clawson, who added that he has more than 20 gold medals.

Clawson may be used to his success, but said he was surprised by the media attention, which included an interview on ESPN.

"I heard ESPN was going to be here, but I did not know that they would want to talk to me," Tico said.

Fultz said he was happy with his silver medal. But he and Clawson are working on a plan in which they both can win gold medals.

They are searching for two more fast runners to form a relay team. Their goal is to win a gold together at the next Penn `D Relays.

"It would be great to see them do it together," said Wood.

NOTES: Swimmer Paul Day, 20, of Annapolis won a silver medal in the 200-meter freestyle. . . . The Maryland soccer team beat Team Utah, 2-0, in a qualifying match and then lost to Team Bangladesh.

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