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Photos: Olympic Day 2014 draws enthusiastic crowd

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And they're off, on the 10k run. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

Rain could not stop the 2014 Olympic Day last Saturday, June 21, hosted by the American Samoa National Olympic Committee (ASNOC) at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, nor could it dampen the spirits of the participants, who showed up for a starting time of 6:30 a.m.  The Olympic Day 10K run competitors and 5K walkers welcomed the rain as they made their way from the stadium to Nu’uuli and then back to the stadium during the race.
 
At the end of the 10K race, it was George Tanoa Jr. running in the Men's Open Division, who made it back to the stadium first with a time of 47 minutes and 7 seconds. The overall winner in the Women’s Division was Litia Godinet (Women’s Open Division), who finished with a time of 1 hour 3 minutes and 39 seconds.
 
With the ASNOC National Federations in attendance to showcase their respective sports, president of the ASNOC J. Victor Langkilde opened the day with welcoming remarks.
 
“Over the past  16 months with this current government administration in office, it has accomplished a lot with the relationship that we now have at the ASNOC,” said Langkilde. “We are very thankful, because we now see the support that our athletes and that our National Federations need in order to develop our athletes. We see here today, in this stadium where we have now housed eight National Federations.”
 
He thanked the government for their support, and especially for the recent passage within the Fono of the 40-year lease of the 3.3 acre lot behind the Tony Solaita Baseball Field, where ASNOC will develop its headquarters and sports facilities. “We thank the government for their support and all that they do for us."
 
He reminded those present that, "Today’s event is celebrated around the world. Last year there were four million people who participated worldwide. Today is a testament to our relationship with the government.”
 
Speaking directly to the athletes, Langkilde said, “You are the future — you, the athletes— you represent American Samoa.”
 
The ASNOC National Federations that participated were boxing, outrigger, wrestling, weightlifting, team handball, table tennis, tennis, judo, volleyball/beach volleyball, basketball, golf, swimming, softball, baseball, soccer and athletics. There were also zumba sessions throughout the day.
 
Here are the top 10K runners, who all received awards:
 
Men's Open:
 
George Tanoa Jr.            47:07 (overall winner)
 
Falaniko Metusela            52:38
 
Sione Mao            54:04
 
Women’s Open:
 
Litia Godinet            1:03:39 (overall Women’s winner)
 
Jeannie Anderson            1:07:01
 
Jennifer Tarray            1:08:50
 
Men's Masters:
 
Dennis Wellborn            1:03:29
 
Women’s Masters:
 
Luana Scanlan            1:07:47
 
Lisa Wade            1:14:57
 
Luaao Wasko            1:16:36
 
Youth Men’s:
 
Schey McMoore            50:36
 
Tauala’i Wells            55:48
 
Matthew Barja            1:00:46
 
Youth Women’s:
 
Cassie Mahuka            1:04:53
 
Gabrielle Langkilde            1:11:10
 
Charity Sagiao            1:12:41
 
Tilali Scanlan            1:12:41

George Tanoa Jr. (center) was the overall winner in the Olympic Day 10K run that took place last Saturday during the 2014 Olympic Day at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. On the left is Department of Youth and Woman’s Affairs Director Jonathan Fanene and on the right is the American Samoa National Olympic Committee Secretary General Billy Young. Tanoa, who ran in the Men’s Open Division, finished the run in a time of 47 minutes and 7 seconds. [photo: Jeff Hayner]


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