Beddoes’ brilliance

Tuesday 2 February 2021 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Other Sports, Sports


Beddoes’ brilliance
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 weekend.

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 events”.

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 upcoming athletes.

 The next event for Beddoes is the Porritt Classic held in Hamilton on February 13.