Congratulations to all the athletes in Oceania for your inspiring performances over the last 17 days.
By Matt Bowcott of The Reporters' Academy
The Olympic Stadium is at the heart of the Olympic Park and plays host to some of the most Iconic Olympic Events. On the 1st day of athletics inside the packed 80,000 seated stadium, the women’s 100m preliminary rounds took place.
Tuvaluan sprinter Asenate Manoa, was looking to get a good time in her race. As the athletes walked into the stadium, a wall of sound hit the athletes with Asenate commenting, “it was a great atmosphere, I wasn’t nervous I was excited for it.”
Prior to the event Asenate spoke about getting herself prepared for the race “by relaxing and taking time to focus on the race ahead”. Putting their feet into the blocks, the athletes took deep breaths, waiting apprehensively for the starters gun. Then as the gun was fired, the athletes burst out of the blocks. Asenate’s reaction time was 0.178, after what Asenate described as a “reasonable start”, she got into her stride, powering down the straight. Asenate crossed the finish line with a time of 13.48 seconds, finishing her heat in 7th place, with an overall place of 27th and setting a new National Record.
Asenate was pleased with her result “It was a good race, I think I can go faster. I know what I need to work on, in order for me to go faster and get another National Record. I hope everyone in Tuvalu is proud of me.”