Ramsden Breaks 6-Year Record
Maia Ramsden of International School Suva defended her title after breaking a six-year record in the open girls’ 1500 metres final event yesterday.
She clocked 4.43.5 seconds winning gold followed by Lavenia Kororua of Naiyala Secondary School who won silver with the time of 5.10.10 seconds. Makereta Talei settled for bronze with the time of 5.19.90 seconds.
“It was really hard for me to defend my title for the second year in a row.
“My preparations were really good, but I was really nervous as I wanted to defend my title from last year.
“What I believe is that it is easier to being an underdog when no one knows who you are since I personally felt there was a lot of pressure put on me,” Ramsden said.
The 15-year-old dedicated her win to her loved ones and was grateful for her victory since this would be her last year participating in the Coca-Cola Games.
“I would like to dedicate my win to my family who has always been supporting me especially providing me with all the training gear and to my coach who has been training me all these years.
“This is also my last Cokes. I really want to a make it a memorable one because it is such an amazing event.
“I heard from friends from overseas that their athletics competition is not as big as the Cokes Games so as this is my last year and I am happy I left a legacy behind,” she said.
Mereseini Naidau of Nadarivatu High School had initially set the previous record of 4.54.86 seconds in 2011.