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Wolff emulates great grandfather with World Games gold

Special Olympics Great Britain athlete Daniel Wolff has followed in his great grandfather's footsteps by winning gold for his country and described his World Games moment as "a dream come true".

Wolff was victorious in the 400 metres in Los Angeles on Wednesday. His great grandfather, Frederick Wolff, ran the opening leg when Great Britain claimed gold and set a new European record in the 4x400 relay at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.

"To be able to follow in my great grandfather's footsteps and represent my country is amazing," Wolff wrote on his Facebook page.

"I try to run like my great grandfather and to bring home a gold medal for my country is a dream come true. This is fantastic. To represent Special Olympics Great Britain at the World Games in Los Angeles actually means the world to me.

"On the 11th April 1994, I was born - the great grandson of Freddie but early in life my parents were told I had autism. As years went by, I was already being drawn to the athletic track. In 2009 I joined Special Olympics Surrey and started serious training on the athletic track with professional coaches.

"From 2010, I started to take a very keen interest in the track. Before long I started to run 400 meters in a very respectable time and then progressed to 800 metres. The more competitions that Special Olympics Surrey entered me into, they noticed I was getting quicker and quicker. Maybe great grandfather is looking down and proud of me. Maybe a bit of his talent has been passed to me."

The World Games is the Special Olympics' most prestigious event and takes place in Los Angeles from July 25 to August 2, across 28 venues - including the Memorial Coliseum, the site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics.