2019 Pacific Games: Silver for Vateitei in second Games

Elenoa Vateitei with her medals after the Vaá competition at the Mulifanua Sheraton Beach Resort on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Picture: VENINA RAKAUTOGA

FIJI’S Elenoa Vateitei could not hold back her tears after grabbing a silver medal for Fiji knowing she had done her family and team proud yesterday.

Vateitei competed in the Women’s V1 500m sprints and settled for second place clocking a time of 2 minutes and 31.50 seconds in a close race behind Tahiti’s Vaimiti Maoni who stopped the time at 2 minutes and 30.51 seconds.

“I am really happy, I am blessed and all the glory goes back to God, and the support from my teammates, the manager and my coach and of course my family back at home,” Vateitei said.

“I am glad I have made them all proud especially my parents.”

The 20-year-old said she had to make sacrifices in preparing for the Pacific Games and her individual event.

“This is my second Pacific Games but my first in competing in the individual event, it was challenging because most of the times I had to train alone.

“I trained three times a day and it reached a point where I had to train four times a day because training for this event was different from the team training so I had to find spare time to train alone for my event.

“I would wake up at 3 o’clock in the morning because team training was at 5.30am, I’d be training alone from 3.30am to around 5am before the rest of the teams come in for training. I am thankful that it all paid off,” she added.

The Namuka, Tailevu native said she was confident of grabbing a medal for her country.

“I had faith that I would be able to do my best and the people that have believed in me was what drove me to give my best shot.”

Vateitei will now prepare for her next individual event which is the V1 Women’s Marathon event.

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