Meet the Alabamians who won gold, silver and bronze at National Senior Games in Birmingham

Of the 10,500 athletes who competed in the National Senior Games in Birmingham over the last two weeks, just 200 of them hailed from the host state of Alabama.

Despite the small contingency, though, plenty of Alabama athletes took home medals from the Games.

Following are the winners of gold, silver and bronze medals from Alabama, along with details of their performances at the Senior Games.

Gold medalists

Melanie Coultas, 52, of Gurley, captured gold in the 100-yard backstroke at the Birmingham CrossPlex with a time of 1:10.

George DeWitt of Madison, won the gold medal in triathlon for the 55-59 age group. His winning time was 1 hour, 7 minutes, 37 seconds.

David Jeffery of Semmes captured gold in the 5K road race competition for men ages 75-59. His winning time was 22:19.0.

James Putman of Atalla, along with partner Ivan Skripnak of McCalla, won gold in the doubles table tennis competition in the 60-64 age group.

Melissa White, 52, of Hoover, won three swimming medals. She won gold in the women’s 50-54 199-yard butterfly with a time of 1:19.0 and captured silver in both the 100-yard backstroke (1:14.0) and 200-yard freestyle (2:26.0).

Silver medalists

Bo Carwyle, 91, of Pinson, captured the silver medal in the men’s 90-95 shot put with a distance of 6.86 meters. Carwyle aso lit the cauldron on June 2 to open the 2017 National Senior Games.

Craig Cecil of Vestavia, won the silver medal in the men’s 65-69 triathlon. His finishing time was 1 hour, 7 minutes and 24 seconds.

Bronze medalists

Joan Coombs of Birmingham, won bronze in the women’s 65-59 triathlon event. Her finishing tme was 1 hour, 24 minutes and 34 seconds.

Jim Fuqua, 64, of Fayette, won bronze in the men’s 60-64 javelin throw with a distance of 44.81 meters (147′ 0.17").

Elizabeth Howell, 81, of Verbena, won bronze in the 80-84 age division with a distance of 1.44 meters. Howell competed along with her special needs son, Marion, who participated in track and field events in the men’s 60-64 age division.

Abraham Manear, 55, of Birmingham, won bronze in the men’s 55-59 50-yard backstroke in 32 second.

Teresa Sullivan of Shelby, won the bronze medal in the women’s 20K road race 55-59 age division.

Steven Thomason, 68, of Ardmore, won bronze in the men’s 65-69 hammer throw at with a distance of 33.58 meters.

Kimberly Vandergriff of Birmingham, along with partner Beverly Supanick, won bronze in the women’s doubles racquetball competition for ages 55-59.

The National Senior Games hosted 50-and-over athletes at venues across the Magic City beginning on June 2 and running until Thursday, June 15.


George Freeman of Foley, Ala., is one of just eight athletes who’ve competed in every National Senior Games. The 26-time marathoner is bowling this week in Birmingham.

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus fights off a block during an NFL game against the New England Patriots on Oct. 30, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y.

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