FIFTEEN-year-old Maia Ramsden was emotional after claiming the gold medal in the Open Girls 1500metres tonight.
The daughter of New Zealand’s High Commissioner in Fiji, Maia said the pressure was on her to perform and defend her title since winning the event last year.
The International Secondary School student also set a new record with a time of 4:43:70minutes breaking Mereseini Naidau of Nadarivatu old record that was set in 2011.
“My preparation was very good and I thank my coach Fesaitu Mario for coming here everyday to help me,” she said.
“Its harder defending your title than winning it for the first time since everyone knows you are the one to beat.”
Maia said she dedicated her win to her family who have been a source of strength and support for her and helping her with her gear.
With tonight’s event being her last since her family will be returning to NZ in June, Maia said she has proven herself here at the Coke Games – one of the largest secondary schools’ athletic event in the world.
“My friends overseas are talking about the Coke Games as the biggest athletic meet and I am glad I have set my mark here and proven myself,” she said.