Injury no hitch

Fiji's Miriama Senokonoko keeps with other athletes in the heats of the 400 metres event at Carrara Stadium. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Fiji's Miriama Senokonoko keeps with other athletes in the heats of the 400 metres event at Carrara Stadium. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

TEAM Fiji middle distance runner Miriama Senokonoko knelt on the ground at the Carrara Stadium, Australia, away from media cameras to offer a short prayer after her 400 metres race at the Commonwealth Games yesterday.

She ran with a hamstring injury in the 400m round one heat 5 and recorded a time of 58.31 seconds.

“I thanked the Lord for giving me the opportunity to be here. It was a strong competition which was filled with the best runners,” she said.

“In our heat there was a lot of competition and who average 50seconds. For me, I wanted to capitalise on my success in the Vanuatu games where I hit 57 seconds.

“But for this race, it was a good exposure because it inspired me to go further after competing against some of the best in the world.

“It was hard, especially running in front of a noisy crowd watching in a very big stadium and running against a three time champion from Australia.

“I knew I pulled right to the 200 metre mark where they started catching up. I tried to keep up but I thank God that with my injury, He gave me strength to keep on going until the tape.”

Like fellow 400m athlete, Elenani Tinai, Senokonoko will try and continue and improve to qualify for more international competitions when she returns home.

She has had a series injuries in the lead up to the games.

Her heat was won by Yinka Aajayi of Nigeria who clocked 51.71s followed by Botswana’s Christine Botlogetswe with a time of 51.73s.

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