KAA at AIMAG in Ashgabat 2017
The fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games were held in Ashgabat, the capital of Asian Republic Turkmenistan, from September 16th. to 27th. 2017. For the first time, Kiribati had a team there and KAA had four representatives in that team. The Indoor Athletics events were held from September 18 - 20.
On Sept. 19th., in the M60m. Heat 3 (of 6), 16-year-old Willie Jacob placed 7th./7 in a PB of 7.68. In Heat 6, Tirioro Kamoriki (age 18) placed 6th./7 in a new National Record of 7.24.
On the same day, in the MLong Jump, 29-year-old "veteran" Buraieta Yeeting placed 16th./16 with a best of 5.70m. Buraieta shares the distinction of being the most-medalled KAA athlete ever having gained twelve international medals in the period 2004 - 2007.
Finally, on the final day of competition, Lataisi Mwea (age 17) placed 11th./13 in the MHigh Jump clearing 1.95m. and now shares that National Record with David Birati, albeit Lataisi was jumping indoors.