National Record for Kiakia in M400.


The gold medal won by Kiakia in the Micro M400m. Final, the last track event of Day 3, was a great way to finish these Championships.   It added to the excellent 2-3-4 achieved by George, Kiakia,  and Tanroo in the earlier M200m. Final, George and Kiakia setting new PBs.   Nei Kaitinano, suffering from the cold and a cough, still managed to achieve a silver in the WJavelin and a bronze in the WLJ.   Raobu hit a PB in the MJavelin with a near-50m. throw.   In the MLJ, both David and Buraieta jumped over 6m. but, against the wind, had to settle for minor placings of 2nd. and 4th. and below-par performances. 


The swirling wind proved to be a problem in a number of events, even in the straight, being sometimes a headwind and later a tailwind.


First to complete the picture of Day 2, in the Heats of the M200m. Kiakia ran 23.58, George ran 23.73, and Tanroo 23.81.    Potentially they could have expected to sweep 1-2-3 places, but the slowest qualifier, running in lane 8, gave them a lesson in noting ALL the lanes !

Kaitinano in the W200m. Heats ran 29.93 (her fastest this year).

In the M400 Heats, Kiakia ran 52.28 to qualify for his Final.   This too was a season's best.

And so to Day 3:-

M200m.   2. George.   23.42  PB     3. Kiakia.  23.50  PB     4. Tanroo.  23.67  (SB)

WJavelin.   2. Kaitinano.  27.92m.

MJavelin.  2. Raobu.  49.96m.  PB

WLJ   3. Kaitinano.  4.22m.

MLJ   2. David.   6.13m.    4. Buraieta.  6.07m.

M400m.   1. Kiakia.   51.98.   NR

Summary of medals in three days:   13 gold, 8 silver, 2 bronze.   (23)


The images are of:-

2-3-4 in the M200m. Final.

Kiakia winning the M400m.

His medal presentation.


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