Team Fiji’s Badminton player Chang Ho Kim and his team Omega member Oscar Guo of New Zealand have made it to the gold medal final of the Mixed country relay team event at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina yesterday.
This was after the team recorded a close win 110 – 109 in the semi-finals against the team Zeta.
This has also assured a silver medal for Fiji as well but nothings stopping the Omega team from trying their best to win gold tomorrow.
Team Fiji Badminton coach Robbie Thackham was delighted with Chang Ho Kim’s impressive performance after the semi-final last night.
“I am really happy for Chang Ho Kim, he has done Fiji proud,’’ Thackham said.
“Kim has performed exceptionally well throughout his team events and his level of confidence, international exposure in this sport has stepped up.
“We are excited to have made it this far into the competition and anticipated to compete in the finals tomorrow.
“As a coach I would like to congratulate and at the same time wish all the very best to Chang Ho in the finals”
Team Omega will meet team Alpha in the gold medal final of the Mixed country team relay at 7pm tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Team Fiji Athletics Serenia Ragatu finished fifth in her first race at 8am today(Fiji Time).
Despite being ranked the best female athlete in the 400metres event in Fiji, Serenia still feels that she has a long way to go her sporting career.
The 17-year-old has so far competed only in the national level competitions as well as the recent Melanesian games and is now anticipated to compete in the next 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
Speaking after her first event at the games, Ragatu said;
“For me personally it is an eye opening experience to be able to compete in an Olympic Games as such,” Ragatu said.
“To be honest at first I wasn’t really sure if I could make the qualification time to be able to compete in this games but later on as the days went by my coach had encouraged me to keep working hard so I finally got selected into the Games.
“It’s like a dream come true, I never thought I would be in an international platform like this to compete amongst so many young, talented and best athletes in the world.”
Ragatu also added that at some point in time she doubts her inability to meet the level of expectation.
“A lot of times felt like I am not really good as the others in the particular sport that I am competing in and keep doubting my ability to be able to meet up the level of expectation.
“But I am glad that to have made it to the Youth Olympic Games and at the same time being the only Athlete competing in this sport which feels like an achievement for me already.
“After this competition I am hoping to represent Fiji in the next 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo if I am lucky enough.”
Serenia said being a part of Team Fiji has given her a new sense of confidence that she hopes to carry on into her academic life as well.