Saturday, August 08, 2015

The Kazan Arena played host to a second performance from Meli Malani, in the Men’s 50m Freestyle.


Malani competed in the same event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he completed a time of 23.98 seconds and then more recently, in the 2015 Pacific Games. In Papua New Guinea he achieved an improved time of 23.44 seconds.


The race itself saw the Fijian compete with six other Pacific Island athletes, and post a time of 23.78 seconds. The time put him second amongst the athletes from the Pacific Islands, however he wasn’t satisfied with his performance.

“It was a bit disappointing. I didn’t manage to was slightly off...I left the block with a strong start but then towards the end ...I didn’t do as well”


Overall, “I enjoyed my 100m Freestyle...It’s tough, there are so many world class athletes. People like us struggle to make it to the semis but hopefully in the next World Championships as long as we keep working hard on our focus, our goals, we might just be there in the next one”.


This article was produced by Mike Marron of The Reporters' Academy, a media production company run by young people, tasked with the mission of telling the stories of Oceania's swimmers at the World Championships in Kazan. The Reporters' Academy is integrated into the world of media, education and employment, dedicated to changing the lives of young people across Oceania and the UK.