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COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – Holden native Damion Hedington added two more medals to his count in swimming Friday at the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games.

Hedington, a Navy petty officer third class, won the 50-meter backstroke in 43.43. He edged out Army Capt. Steve Borthel (44.13).

Hedington got a bronze medal in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:25.75.

He also took fourth in the 50-meter freestyle (35.90) and 50-meter breaststroke (49.15). His 200 relay team was fifth in 2:33.95

Hedington, who competed in swimming, track and archery, has a total of three gold medals, a silver and a bronze.

Like any good Army-Navy rivalry Bortle won the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter breaststroke, setting Warrior Game records in each.

Hedington prevented him from getting a sweep of the four swimming events in their division with his win in the 50 back.

On Thursday, Hedington, a 2012 Holden High graduate, won his second gold medal in archery. He defeated Army Pfc. Laura Jahn 105-101.

Hedington was fifth in the prelims with a score of 479. Jahn was seventh at 471.

Hedington edged fourth seed Christopher Donaldson of Special Forces Command 98-97 in the quarterfinals.

He then defeated the number one seed, Air Force Lt. Col. Melissa McAvoy, 96-91 in the semifinals to reach the gold medal match, 

Hedington, who survived a motorcycle accident that left him in a coma with multiple broken bones, picked up his first two medals, a gold (1500 meters) and silver (400 meters), in track.

Hedington’s next competition will be in Australia in October as part of Team USA.

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