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Young Clocks Record Time

Young Clocks Record Time
2018 Coca-cola games inter-girls 100meters final winner Heleina Young (second from left) of St. Joseph Secondary School at ANZ Stadium on April 20, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
April 21
11:16 2018

Heleina Young yesterday blitzed the 100 metres tracks in the time of 11.87 seconds and became the first school female athlete to run the distance below 12s.

The St Joseph’s Secondary School’s athlete bettered the intermediate record (12.01s) set in 2014 by Younis Bese of Gospel High School.

Young ran a faster time compared to the senior girl’s grade which was won by Adi Cakobau School’s Makereta Naulu who clocked 12.24s.

Her time yesterday is even better than the standing record (12.16s) for the senior girl’s 100 metres set by Makelesi Tumalevu of Suva Grammar School in 2008.

She is now the only other female athlete to run the 100 metres below 12s.

She shares that achievement with longtime Fijian sprinter Miriama Tusorisori Cham­bault who started her career as a sprinter for Fiji in the early 1970s but later had to run for New Caledonia because of her mari­tal status.

Chambault represented Fiji at the South Pacific Games, Commonwealth Games and at Olympic level.

Young said she was not sure at first that she would be able to break the record but she was content with her achievements who she accredited to everyone who helped her along the way.

Young added that she is looking forward to taking part in more international competi­tions.

“At first I was not really sure about hitting below 12 seconds, I have now finally done it,” said the 18- year-old.

“I now look forward to bigger competitions and looking at the bigger picture. I will soon be out of secondary school so I will have to prepare myself for other international com­petitions.

“The important part was giving our best and I am happy with what I have been able to accomplish.

“This win would be dedicated to my par­ents Andrea and David, my coaches for al­ways pushing me to do better and the SJSS alumni.”

Edited by Osea Bola


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