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Team Solomon Islands End on a High

07/08/2014

Team Solomon Islands End on a High 

Sharon Firisua breaks Solomon Islands National Record

The last athlete to compete  for Team Solomon Islands in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Sharon Firisua set a new Solomon Islands National Record for the 5000m, and in the process smashed her Personal Best. Despite typically tough Scottish weather conditions, Sharon ran a time of 18 minutes 45.18 seconds to set the new National Record.

Brian Pongotapu, Secretary General of Team Solomon Islands, explained the conditions ahead of Sharon’s race, “Sharon is feeling good, but the weather is the biggest issue we have come across. Hopefully she will do well, as she has been here [in Scotland] for 3 weeks prior to the competition.”

The athletes were fortunate that their race was at the same time as a short gap in the rain, which was a welcome relief from the torrential downpours that marred the rest of the evening. However, this didn’t mean that there was any rise in temperature, it was still very cold even for Scotland’s standards. Sharon explained the effects of this: “the weather is not good for me, my breathing was ok but my legs were so heavy, I can’t move them.”

Despite this, Sharon was really pleased with her time, and managed to put in a good turn of speed for the last lap to smash the national record. “I knew it was my last lap, and I saw the time, and I wanted to set a new national record, while the crowd cheering gave me strength and energy to finish the race.”

Although she finished the race in a record breaking time, she still believes that she has a lot more to give. As she says: “The best is yet to come! It’s my first time competing in the Commonwealth Games and I am so glad that I have broken the national record, which is what I aimed for. I want to keep training and set a new record, I can do more!”

 

 

This article was produced by Dan O'Hara of The Reporters’ Academy, the official media of the Pacific Nations at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Currently reporting from the athletes village. The Reporters’ Academy is a youth media production company integrated into the world of sport, media and education. 
 

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