Manawatu swimmers in the medals

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Your Health - GE­ORGE HEAGNEY

What a medal haul for the two Manawatu swimmers at the Com­mon­wealth Youth Games at Ba­hamas.

Feild­ing’s Mya Ras­mussen won a sil­ver medal on the fifth day of com­pe­ti­tion on Sun­day (NZ Time) in the 200m med­ley, mak­ing it her third medal of the swim meet.

Nearly 700 swimmers from more than 100 clubs, in­clud­ing sev­eral who are tar­get­ing the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, are in ac­tion at the Welling­ton Re­gional Aquatic Cen­tre.

Ras­mussen, from the Kiwi West Aquat­ics club in Palmer­ston North, smashed her own na­tional age record for 16 years in win­ning the 400m in­di­vid­ual med­ley.

She clocked 4:44.89, faster than all age group na­tional records, and nearly four sec­onds faster than her pre­vi­ous record set in Aus­tralia in De­cem­ber.

Her time was less than two sec­onds out­side the qual­i­fy­ing mark of 4:43.06 for this year’s elite world cham­pi­onships.

‘‘I was re­ally not ex­pect­ing it,’’ she said. ‘‘I was cry­ing at the end, I was just so happy.’’

Aus­tralian-based Tai­hape ex­pat Lati­cia Tran­som won a bronze in the 50m freestyle, her fourth medal of the event

Tran­som also won gold in the 200m freestyle, sil­ver in the 100m freestyle and was in the goldmedal-win­ning mixed 4x200m freestyle re­lay team.

Paris Cut­ler of Ash­hurst Aqua­nauts was also in great form, win­ning five freestyle gold medals.

PHOTO: MARK KOLBE/GETTY IM­AGES

Mya Ras­mussen of New Zealand poses with a flag.

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