Delaware veteran wins at Invictus

Delaware veteran wins at Invictus

Yesterday marked the start of the first-ever Invictus Games, an international sporting competition for wounded warriors taking place at Olympic Stadium in London, England. And in the first day of competition, Felton, Del., resident Nicholas Dadgostar showed off the power of Team USA, winning a silver medal in the men’s 200 meters, competing against other athletes with single or double amputations below the knee. He also finished fourth in the 100 meters. “So, not a bad day,” Dadgostar, a retired Air Force staff sergeant, posted on Facebook along with a photo of his medal. More than 400 athletes from 14 countries – including 98 from the United States – are competing in nine Paralympic-like events, including swimming, track and field, seated volleyball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby. The competition, which runs through Sunday, has drawn accolades from around the globe.  It was organized by Great Britain’s own Prince Harry, who has said he hopes to make the event an international version of the Wounded Warrior games held in the U.S. It’s a surreal experience for Dadgostar, whose right leg was amputated below the knee following an accident in 2009 while on active duty in the Air Force. In addition to competing in track and field, he also is playing on the seated volleyball team. “I’m ecstatic to be part of this. Everybody told me at the time, all the doctors, they said, ‘Don’t expect anything,’” said Dadgostar, 32. “I can do everything I did before.” Dadgostar and his fellow competitors represent an elite group – athletes who have not only served their country, but have recovered from some pretty...