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Roberts’ silver, va’a claims third bronze

Saturday July 13, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
Wesley Roberts. Wesley Roberts.

Swimmer Wesley Roberts has added another medal to his already impressive haul at the 2019 Pacific Games.

 

Roberts placed second and claimed a silver in the men’s 400m freestyle final, after a strong showing in his heat. The 22-year-old fought hard and provided a strong challenge for the eventual winner. He also competed in the men’s 50 metres final, but unfortunately missed out on a podium finish.

The win sees Roberts collect an impressive fourth medal at the games and his second silver. He has already won one of our nation’s two gold medals. He currently holds 12 national swimming records and made history by winning our first ever Pacific Games swimming medal on Tuesday evening.

Roberts will now compete in four events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, hoping to replicate his strong showing at the Pacific Games. He previously competed at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where he took part in the men’s 1500m freestyle.

The proud Atiuan has most certainly cemented his place in Cook Islands’ history with the impressive Pacific Games haul.

In paddling, Team Cook Islands managed a bronze medal in the women’s V6 marathon va’a event. It is our third medal in va’a at these Pacific Games.

The medal is our third in the va’a event, after paddler Andre Tutaka-George claimed bronze in the men’s V1 500m final and V16km marathon races.