South Franklin Circle Athlete Finishes Second but Wins Gold?

At the recent Ohio State Senior Games held in Canton, Ohio, South Franklin Circle wellness member and athlete Bill Cloninger won a Gold Medal in the Men’s 5K Cycling Time Trial (65-69 age group). The race was held Wednesday, June 25 at Marlington High School just outside of Alliance. In the race, however, Cloninger actually finished second. Craig Manchen, of Florida, finished 18 seconds faster.

However, the Ohio State Games awards gold medals to both the fastest finisher and the fastest Ohio finisher, so Cloninger won gold with a second place finish out of 17 cyclists in that age group. Both Manchen and Cloninger had an average speed in excess of 23 miles per hour over the 5K hilly course.

By also finishing in the top four, Cloninger qualified for the 2015 National Senior Games cycling time trials to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In a prior race on June 24, the Men’s 10K Time Trial, Cloninger finished third and received the bronze medal.

This isn’t the first time we’ve featured the adventures of Bill Cloninger. See how this remarkable individual lost 95 pounds and launched himself down The Road to the National Senior Games.

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