2017 IAAF World Championship - London, Great Britain & N.I
Taea competed in Heat 3 of the Womens 100m and established a new National Record when she finished in 7th position with a time of 12.18 seconds (-0.3mps) at the 2017 IAAF World Championship hosted by Great Britain. Taea's performance comes as a suprise as the athlete suffered an achillies injury in Feb this year and struggled to train and ran one race prior to Oceania Championships in June.
The World Championship is where top athletes from every country in the world compete to find the true champion in athletics. All athletes must run a qualifying time to be allowed to participate at the competition, however smaller nations are given wildcards to select one non-qualified athlete to compete. Being the only sprinter in the Cook Islands, Taea was selected to run the 100m.
As soon as the competition started the sun disappeared and light showers started, but competition never stops unless there's thunderstorms.
'I felt really good and relaxed, my muscles were warm and ready to fire....I coudn't wait to get out there and see what happens ' . Fire was exactly what the sole athlete produced to run a new NR on the big stage infront of approx 60,000 people. Calming the nerves and staying focus takes years of practice when competiting infront of a big crowd, luckily for Taea those years of being nervous have passed. This years world championship is not the last major competition for her and fellow pacific island competitors as they all still have to stay in shape for Mini Games in Vanuatu coming December.