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Tuggle Delighted With Gold Win

Tuggle Delighted With Gold Win
Australian Swimmer Lani Pallister Lani congratulate USA swimmer Claire Tuggle for winning gold in 2018 Junior Pan Pacific swimming championship female 200meters freestyle at Damodar Aquatic Centre on August 23, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
August 24
11:00 2018

Claire Tuggle won the United States of Amer­ica’s first gold medal during the 2018 Pan Pa­cific competition at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre in Suva yesterday.

The 14- year old stopped the clock at 1 minute 58 sec­onds in the women’s 200metres freestyle. Australia’s Lani Pallister won silver with a time of 1minute 59 seconds and third was Japans Nagisa Ikemoto with 1min59secs.

Tuggle said she had just recently returned from a national competition and had to train by herself at home before coming to Fiji.

Tuggle added she was happy with the win and has sights set on more international competitions.

“Coming off nationals it was hard having to train by myself at home but I was really happy with that swim,” she said.

“The aim was to break the national record tonight but I was off by 500th of a second.

“Internationally I have been to one swimming com­petition but this is my first time representing USA.

“The aim is to win as many medals as I can and also help the team in any way I can.

“After this week I am hoping for more international competition. Right now I love my stay here and com­petition has been good,” she added.

Tuggle is looking forward to her next swim today where she will lead Team USA relay.

– Edited by Osea Bola

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