Cook Islands Lanihei Connolly won gold (33.21 seconds) for her 50m breaststroke final at the Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands on Monday night. LOSIRENE LACANIVALU / 23112204
Lanihei Connolly has clinched her first gold medal after swimming to the finish line leaving Fiji with silver and Papua New Guinea with bronze.
On Monday night (Tuesday Solomon Islands time), Connolly
took on the challenge in the 50 metres breaststroke final winning gold, and
this was said to be a rare change in the gold medal awards.
Connolly claimed victory with a time of 33.21 seconds, as
Fiji’s Kelera Mudunasuoko (33.42) picked up silver and Papua New Guinea’s
Georgia-Leigh Vele (34.75) settled for bronze.
It was said to be the only event of the night where New
Caledonia did not win a medal.
Connolly told Cook Islands News: “I'm very proud to have
won my first Pacific Games medal for the Cook Islands and I'm very happy that
it's a goal, especially since the competitors were so strong and tough.”
Connolly said before going into the finals on Monday
night, she just tried to be confident in herself and her training.
Connolly continues to acknowledge her family back home
and abroad for their support.
Connolly competed in the 50m freestyle yesterday and
results could not be published when this article went to press.