Alex Beddoes after winning the Cooks Classic 800 metres race in Whanganui, New Zealand over the weekend. SUPPLIED/21020121
Cook Islands middle distance runner Alex Beddoes started his 2021 campaign with an important win in New Zealand.
Alex Beddoes won the Cooks Classic 800 metres race – his
first 800 metre race in over a year – in Whanganui, New Zealand over the
The Cook Islands Olympian, national champion and record holder
ran a solid race leading from the front throughout to record a winning time of
1:50.88 minutes, just off his personal best time of 1:50.16 mins.
The 25-year-old Beddoes said “I’m happy with my opening
race, it usually takes me a couple of meets to get into race shape, so I’m glad
to get an initial win in a good time, and looking forward to my next couple of
With limited race opportunities to build up for the Olympics
in just six months, Beddoes’ preparations were given a huge boost with the quarantine
free travel arrangements between the Cook Islands and New Zealand coming into
effect about two weeks ago, enabling him to fly down to New Zealand last week.
“I’m certainly lucky to be able to get down to New Zealand
without quarantining, two weeks in MIQ (managed isolation quarantine) and
unable to train would have set me back in my preparations, and I just can’t
afford to lose any training time this close to Tokyo.”
While in Rarotonga, Beddoes helped Team Mauke win the Cook
Islands Games in October last year and also ran training programmes to help
The next event for
Beddoes is the Porritt Classic held in Hamilton on February 13.