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Patricia Taea competes at world sprints

Friday 19 August 2011 | Published in Regional


Cook Islands sprinter Patricia Taea will conduct her final preparations for the Pacific Games in Korea next week.

The 18-year-old 100m sprinter will head to Korea early next week for the World Sprint Championships in Daegu which run from August 26 to September 4.

While in Daegue, Taea will line up with some of the worlds fastest men and women with the likes of world sprint champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica and his 50-strong team going to Korea.

Although Taea will be part of the Oceania athletics team of 44 of the regions top sprinters she will still be representing the Cook Islands.

She will look to polish up her sprint techniques and no doubt find inspiration from the star studded field in Korea before she lines up on the tracks in New Caledonia.

Currently Taeas personal best 100m sprint time is 12.05 seconds and she was part of Team Cook Islands that attended the Commonwealth Games in India last year.

Accompanying Taea will be president of Athletics Cook Islands Ina Marsters.

Marsters says that the International Athletics Association Federation (IAAF) will be holding its 2-day congress in Korea where a new board of directors will be elected.

Marsters will also be one of the technical officials on the ground before she takes on a mother role to escort the 44-member Oceania team to New Caledonia and back to their team managers.

Marsters departs for Korea this evening and Taea will make her way to the world sprints early next week.