2018 Junior Pan Pac: Yalimaiwai creates milestone achievement

Temafa Yalimaiwai of Fiji swimming team during the 2018 Jr Pan Pacific Swimming Championship 400 metres medley at Damodar City National Aquatic Centre. Picture: RAMA

YOUNG swimmer Temafa Yalimaiwai set a national record in the 15 to 16 years old open in the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in the 100 metres freestyle on the first day of the competition at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre in Suva.

He clocked a time of 53.7 seconds while the old record was held by Netani Ross with a time of 54.6 seconds set in the National Secondary Schools Swimming Championship last year.

Fiji swimming head coach Sharon Pickering Smith said she was happy with Yalimaiwai’s achievement.

We have a very young team and they have made us proud by making it into the B final and everyone is doing their best in the competition,” she said.

“One national record was also created in the championship. “The team is very young and we are going for the experience and competing in such atmosphere.”

Smith said the swimmers had a long way to go in their swimming career.

“Most of the swimmers will also compete in the same competition for the next two years since they are 15 years old,” she added.

“Those swimmers can work on that experience and better their performance.”

The competition ends tomorrow.

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