Marchallese Nemra's Injury is her Achilles Heel
By Lewis Woods of The Reporters’ Academy
The final competitor for the Marshall Islands, Haley Nemra, has competed in round 1 of the 800 meters at the Olympic Stadium in London. Haley was running against the likes of the 2011 world champion Mariya Savinova and the USA star Alice Schmidt.
This is Haley’s second Olympics, after competing in Beijing in 2008 where she ran a time of 2:18.83, speaking to Haley after the race she told me about how it compared to Beijing, ”I was still 18, just out of high school and was really nervous, so at least this time around I felt calm. Walking into the stadium there was little difference, so I was like I’m feeling good, lets do this.”
Haley was hoping to set a new personal best here in London, beating her current time of 2:13.83, unfortunately that wasn’t the case but she did set herself a new seasons best as Haley crossed the line in 2:14.90, smashing her time from Beijing four years ago.
“When I looked at the board at my time, I was really hoping to beat my 2:13.83 personal best, I saw that I got 2:14.90 and I was like, at least I got my seasonal best coming back from surgery, so I was still happy and proud to represent the Marshall Islands.”
Haley seemed pleased with her time especially considering she was recovering from a serious injury to her achilles tendon, causing her to have an operation,
“Its about a year and a half since I had my achilles surgery, so that’s been my battle since Beijing, I’ve had it throughout college, but I’ve had my operation and its been a long process of getting back into athletics but I am so thankful that I’m back to the standard I was before my injury.”
Looking to the future Haley seems keen on competing again, when asked if she was hoping to compete at Rio 2016 she replied, “ We will see, I’m not too sure because of my injury, and I just want to get back healthy, but if anything, probably the Micronesia Games or Pacific Games. I just really want to get back with the Marshall Islands and athletics because its just a great sport and I want to make sure Oceania and the Islands keep it going.”