AN injured elbow did not deter Milika Tuivanuavou from competing in her throwing events at the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna yesterday.
If fact, she ended up settling for two bronze medals at the end of the day at the Kafika Stadium.
In the morning she competed in the women's javelin. She threw a distance of 42.58m and in the process injured her elbow.
In the afternoon she went on to compete in the discus event.
She threw a distance of 43.11m for her second bronze.
In javelin, New Caledonia's Linda Selui won gold with a throw of 46.61m and Emilie Falelavaki of Wallis and Futuna claimed silver with a throw of 46.36m.
Tereapi'i Tapoki of Cook Islands won the discus gold with her 48.48m throw and New Caledonia's Losa Fakate settled for silver with a 44.20m throw. Athletics Fiji coach Gabrielli Qoro commended Tuivanuavou for her efforts in both events.
He was full of praise for her not only for the bronze medals but her decision to compete in the two events.
"This is one area we are generally weak in," he said.
"We don't have many women who are good at throwing and I think I have not seen any woman in the past 10 years throw anything above 40m."
He added Tuivanuavou's dedication during training and drive to compete despite an injured elbow, spoke volumes of her national pride.
"What we are doing here is for the nation and she is a good example of a person who puts his/her body at risk for the sake of the nation.
"Milika is a complete athlete and we are very proud of her achievements."
Meanwhile, athletics had a fruitful day on the first day of competition yesterday.
Qoro said the 400m men's runners overcame the scorching heat to qualify for the final and so did the 100m runners.
"In the 400m events, Uluiyata Batinisavu won his heat with a time of 49.26s while Kemueli Waqa was second in his heat to Papua New Guinea's Kaminiel Matlaun with a time of 50.12s.
"They will compete in the final at 3.30pm tomorrow (today)."