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Too Good To Be True, Says Swimmer

Too Good To Be True, Says Swimmer
Wonderboy ... National swimmer Taichi Vakasama with his bronze medal at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
July 27
11:24 2017


National swimming rep Taichi Vakasama said winning a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas has been one of the highlights of his sporting career.

The 18-year-old came third in the boys 200metres breaststroke final, setting a new Fijian senior record of 2:17:17. Vakasama had earlier broken the same record in winning his heat in a time of 2:18:85.

“I wasn’t expecting that much,” he said.

“But that was before going to the Bhamas but when I got to there I saw that I was ranked 11th and I began to concentrate on my training.”

Vakasama said he was grateful to his parents for their support.

“There is the FINA World Championship, which will be in America next month.

“I’m looking forward to that competition as well and I also want to compete at the Pacific Mini Games as well.

“In the Bahamas I took part in four events- 50m backstroke, 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and 200m individual medley. I got the medal in 200m breaststroke.”

The Team Fiji flag bearer admitted that he didn’t actually realise he had won a medal when he first finished the race.

“I was really happy when the position was shown up on the screen. I’m proud to win a medal.”

Meanwhile, upcoming swimmer Temafa Yalimaiwai also set a new personal best time and broke the Fiji Under-16 record after winning the heats of the boy’s 200m freestyle.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua



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