Pacific Games

Pacific Games: Vakasama Breaks 16 Year Gold Drought, Smashes Record

Nadi swimmer wins gold as officials try to finalise his time
10 Jul 2019 16:18
Pacific Games: Vakasama Breaks 16 Year Gold Drought, Smashes Record
Swimmer Taichi Vakasama with his gold medal in Apia, Samoa on July 9, 2019. Photo: Rosi Doviverata

Swimmer Taichi Vakasama last night won Fiji another gold medal in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:14.98.

When this edition went to press, Games officials were still trying to finalise whether it was a new record while Team Fiji officials confirmed that it is a new national record.

The Daliconi, Vanuabalavu lad is 0.6 seconds off the B qualification for the Olympics.

Vakasama said after the race: “My mind was blank. I was thinking of the race, I was thinking of the other people.”

The previous record was set in 2011 by Thomas Dhalia of New Caledonia with a time of 2:17.06.

His swim also breaks a 16-year jinx in Fiji’s bid for gold in the men’s individual event.

The last gold medal Fiji won was by Carl Probert in 2003 in the 50m freestyle at the Pacific Games in Suva.


– Moana Wind won silver in the 200m breaststroke

– Rosemary Rova managed a bronze in the 800m freestyle

– Fiji won silver in the women’s 4x 100, medley relay while the men won bronze.

-Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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