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Vakasama Wins First Medal

Vakasama Wins First Medal
Team Fiji swimming coach Rosemary Rova(left) with Bronze medalist Taichi Vakasama at the Commonwealth youth games.Photo:Tomasi Tiko.
July 21
11:15 2017

Swimmer Taichi Vakasama won the first medal for Fiji at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) in Bahamas yesterday.

Vakasama who won bronze in the 200metre breaststroke event, the first ever medal for Team Fiji swimmers since the CYG was incepted in 2000.

Vakasama broke his own personal best which he set in the heats with a time of 2:17.17minutes.

He clocked 2:16.44 to beat the national Open record by 4seconds which he set back in 2015.

Taichi’s father Sekonaia Vakasama was overwhelmed with his son’s achievement.

“It is a very proud moment for me as a father. This is the first time Taichi has ever won a medal for Fiji,” Sekonaia said.

“This is the outcome of his hard work, dedication and commitment.  And he could have not achieved it without the support and guidance of the coaching staff and fellow teammates.

“I’m also looking forward to supporting him in the future international swimming competition because I have faith in my son to do marvellous things for Fiji.”

Fiji Swimming president Ben Rova applauded Vakasama’s performance.

“On behalf of the Fiji Swimming families and all those that have been supporting Fiji Swimming development goals, we wish to convey our hearty congratulations to Taichi for this milestone achievement for Fiji,” Rova said.

“This is the first swimming medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games. This achievement augurs well for the Elite Development Plans Fiji Swimming has been doing these past 2 years and is a testament also to the hard work put in by Taichi, his coach Rosemary Rova and to all those that have played an important role in Taichi’s progress and preparations, including Chef De Mission Tomasi Tiko and his CYG team at FASANOC.”

Meanwhile, Team Fiji swimmers Temafa Yalimaiwai broke Carl Probert’s 15-16 age group record of 2: 04.52 in the 200metre freestyle event set in 1992.

Yalimaiwai’s new record is 2:04.21 minutes. tomorrow.

Rosemarie Rova, despite giving her best finished seventh in the heats’ of the 200 metres freestyle event. Vakasama, Rosemarie and Yalimaiwai continue their competitions today.

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