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Brooklyn wins multiple Olympic medals — for different countries! • Brooklyn Paper

Brooklyn wins multiple Olympic medals — for different countries!

Brooklyn’s own boro-bred Olympian Lia Neal is home from London with a bronze medal in swimming.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Brooklyn is the world.

The international hub that is our borough gave rise to two Olympic medalists — and, fittingly, they represented different countries.

Lia Neal, a 17-year-old swimmer who grew up in Flatbush, made America proud when she took home a bronze in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay with Team USA.

Meanwhile, sprinter Lalonde Gordon — who spent grueling months training for the games at Red Hook Park — took home two bronze medals, one for the 400-meter race and another for the 4×400-meter relay. And he did it for Trinidad and Tobago.

— Eli Rosenberg

Lalonde Gordon celebrates with the Trinidad and Tobago flag after winning the bronze in the men’s 400-meter final. Gordon trains in Red Hook Park with public school teacher Trevor Green.
AP / Daniel Ochoa De Olza

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