Samoa's 1st medal in the pool

Hunter wins bronze

Emma Hunter secured Samoa's first ever medal of any games in the pool last night taking bronze in the 400M freestyle.

The enthusiastic crowd at the Aquatic Centre nearly tore the roof down cheering for the seventeen year old local who stopped New Caledonia from obtaining a clean sweep.

A jubilant Hunter swam a credible 4 minutes, 47.93 seconds taking 14 seconds off her entry time.

`That was cool! I also did a personal best so that's awesome' said Hunter.

Samoa Coach, Sharon Smith, was thrilled with Hunter's performance.

`We are very excited as it is the first ever medal in history for Samoa in swimming.' Said Ms Smith

`It is particularly pleasing given Emma is a sprinter, and this was a middle distance race.' She said.

`We feel proud as making the finals was our aim, but to win a medal is one step ahead. It is incentive for the other team members to get in there and do something on day four.'

Hunter's preferred race is the 50M freestyle, so all eyes will be on her for that event.

Hunter, who has been swimming for ten years, currently trains in Auckland.

Source: Michelle Malone


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