BEING injured one day and winning bronze the day after is a huge achievement for Ashneel Abhinay Nand.
The Tavua lad was making his first appearance for Fiji at the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna.
Yesterday, he ran a time of 16.22.32m to win the men's 5000m final at the Kafika Stadium.
On Tuesday, when competing in the 3000m steeplechase event, Nand fell and injured his leg but managed to cross the line in fourth place.
Yesterday, when he finished the race, he collapsed and stayed down for a while.
It was only when the track officials told him he had finished third did he realise that he had won his first ever international medal.
After the medal presentation, an elated Nand said he had come to the PMG to gain some international experience.
"The medal is just a bonus because the main thing is that I have gained valuable experience," the 19-year-old said.
"This is actually only the second time that I am running in the 5000m event. The first was at the Fiji Games."
Nordine Benfoda of New Caledonia won the race with a time of 16.06.53m and Rosfelo Siosi of the Solomon Islands was second on 16.14.81.