Earlier this morning at the Samoa Aquatic Centre in Faleata, Roberts set a new record for the men's 50m butterfly. The 22- year old now holds twelve Cook Islands swimming records.
Roberts placed second in his heat with a time of 25.77. His time was the fourth best overall and the swimmer is confident he can win a medal.
“I had a weak finish, so hopefully I can fix that and win a medal later on today” said Roberts.
This is the first time Roberts has competed in the butterfly event and he admits he was not expecting to do so well.
“My usual events are starting later this week” he said.
Temaruata Strickland also competed in the 50m butterfly event, finishing with a new personal best time of 28.32. Roberts will compete in the final later this evening.