Micronesian Championships are Good to Kiribati

Saturday, 15 December 2007

The second day of the Micronesian Regional Championships proved to be a day of luck for the Kiribati Team. After what can only be described as a challenge to get the team to Guam they produced a National Record in the Men's 4 x 100 metre Relay.


The men's relay team had been denied a National Record at the South Pacific Games in Samoa when they were disqualified in the men's 4 x 100 metre relay. But today they were able to avenge that disqualification when they not only won the Micronesian title, but broke the National Record. In a time of 41.14 the team was too good for the favoured Federated States of Micronesia team. Coach, David Little, said "this is a great result, we were all so disappointed when we were dq'd at the SPG".


The team from Kiribati have had a bumpy road getting to Guam. With no flights out of Kiribati to the Marshall Islands (where they had to travel so as to obtain visas) they were forced to charter a flight! As Coach Little said "I've charted fishing boats before, but .... a plane ... this is something altogether different from what we usually do".


The team made it to Guam and with 6 gold medals and a bag full of silver and bronze they'll be looking forward to a welcoming party when they arrive back in Tarawa.


The men's 200 metre race did not disappoint with the Howard brothers too strong for NMI's Tyrone Omar.


For a full set of today's results go to Competitions on the left hand side of the OAA Homepage and click on: Micronesian Regional Championships - Results Day 2.


Consolidated results are also available on the Webpage.