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From Fiji Times Online (18 August 2010)

Tieri's new record

by Rashneel Kumar

TEAM Fiji made a perfect start at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore.

Swimmer Tieri Erasito set a new national record of 2 minutes 35.39 seconds, 1.36 seconds faster than her previous best time in the girls 200m Butterfly event on Monday.

Although the 15-year old International School student failed to surpass the preliminary rounds of the competition, her struggle to maintain pace with some of the world's finest young swimmers was commendable.

Coach Eugene Panuve believes Erasito could have done better, if not for a shoulder injury which she picked during the recent Oceania Swimming Championship in Samoa.

"Her performance was good considering that she got injured in the shoulder," Panuve said.

Erasito will be competing in the 200m freestyle event today where she wants to set another national record.

"She (Erasito) should be able to break her personal best again but it will be tough to break the national record," Panuve said.

Panuve also said Erasito's participation in the inaugural YOG would set her in much better position to compete in the upcoming Pacific Games.

"She continues to improve and hopefully by Pacific Games next year we will be able to give a tough competition to other nations, especially New Caledonia."

Erasito, who had earlier participated in the 2009 World Championship in Rome, has set her sights on the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Siblings Louise and Charlie Lolohea competed in weightlifting last night.

From the Straits Times (23 August 2010)

Tieri giving gift

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong receiving a memento from Fijian swimmer Tieri Erasito during a visit to the Youth Olympic Village.

Photo: SPH-SYOGOC/Law Kian Yan