Asenate Manoa

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Asenate Manoa
Personal information
Born (1992-05-23) 23 May 1992 (age 27)
Kioa, Fiji
Sport
Country Tuvalu
SportAthletics
Event(s)100 metres
Powerlifting
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100m - 13.48s[1]
Updated on 19 July 2015.

Asenate Manoa (born 23 May 1992) is a Tuvaluan track and field athlete who represented Tuvalu at the 2008 Summer Olympics, at the 2009 World Championships & 2011 World Championships and at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Manoa represented Tuvalu in the sport of powerlifting at the Pacific Games 2015 and won a bronze medal in the 72 kg Female category.

Manoa was born on Kioa island in Fiji;[2] Kioa was purchased by settlers from Tuvalu, who migrated from Tuvalu between 1947 and 1983.

Beijing Olympics, 2008[edit]

Asenate "Nancy" Manoa competed for Tuvalu as its first female Olympian, competing in the Beijing Olympics as part of the women's 100 meters races.[3] Manoa was 16 years old when she first competed in Beijing. After initially training on the runway of Funafuti International Airport,[4] Manoa trained in Suva, Fiji in preparation for the games. She was mentored by members of Fiji’s track team, and worked at the offices of the regional Olympic administrator, ONOC. She had never used starting blocks or run on a synthetic track before arriving in Beijing.[5] Slight of figure, she weighs 101 lbs (46 kg).

She competed in the 100m sprint. Her time of 14.05 was the slowest in her heat,[6] but was a Tuvaluan national record.[4]

The Guardian described her as "impossibly tiny for an international sprinter", and noted that, in the Beijing National Stadium, she was "running in front of an audience 10 times the size of her country's population".[4]

2009 World Championships in Athletics[edit]

She competed in the 100 metres at the 2009 World Championships, with a time of 13.75 secs in the preliminary heat.[7]

2011 World Championships in Athletics[edit]

She competed in the 100 metres at the 2011 World Championships, with a time of 13.92 secs in the preliminary heat.[8]

London Olympics, 2012[edit]

She trained in Brisbane, Australian, in her preparation for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[9] In the Women's 100 metres, she took her national record to 13.48.[1]

Pacific Games 2015[edit]

Manoa has taken up powerlifting.[10] She had success at the Pacific Games 2015 in her category: 72 kg Female - TOTAL 340 kg - bronze medal.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "London 2012 Athletics, 100M Women". IOC. 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  2. ^ Athlete Biography: MANOA Asenate, Retrieved on 24 March 2014
  3. ^ "Manoa makes Olympic history for tiny Tuvalu" Archived 19 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine, ABC Radio Australia, 17 July 2008, Retrieved on 7 August 2008
  4. ^ a b c "Games for all as Britain shines" Archived 25 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine, The Guardian, 24 August 2008
  5. ^ "Tuvalu sprinter prepares for Olympic heats" Archived 8 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine, ABC Radio Australia, 9 August 2008
  6. ^ "London 2008 Women's 100 metres". IOC. 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  7. ^ "12th IAAF World Championships Results - 100 metres". IAAF. 15 August 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  8. ^ "13th IAAF World Championships Results - 100 metres". IAAF. 27 August 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Nancy Manoa". Tapula International. 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
  10. ^ Online Editor (12 December 2013). "Tuvaluan lifters bring gold". PINA (FENUI NEWS/PACNEWS). Retrieved 20 July 2015.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  11. ^ "Powerlifting 72kg Female". Pacific Games 2015. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2015.

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