Brandon Schuster wins gold at swimming for Samoa

Samoa’s national swimming team captain, Brandon Schuster, has secured Samoa's second gold medal of the Pacific Games at the Tuanaimato Aquatic Centre, winning the men’s 200 meters backstroke final.

Details from the event will be made available soon.

Schuster had qualified for the event earlier during the day.

“This morning was just more of a swim to see how I felt, to sort of visualise how I am going to swim the race, the strategy, it felt good, nice and smooth,” he said. 

“For the two breasts time, I haven’t swum in over three years, so I got personal best, am into the main finals so that’s good.

“But then the backstroke also smooth, I got a little choppy around the 75metre mark but I got back together and smooth down my stroke, it was good, so am excited for the finals tonight.” 

Brandon clocked the personal best time of 2:25 in the breaststroke preliminaries and 2:13 in the backstroke. 

“So I think I am seeded fourth or fifth for both backstroke and breaststroke.

Going in to the finals, he looks to do things differently.

“For a start, I think I would pick up my second and third 50, so go a little bit faster, because when I touched the wall I felt relaxed and not super tired, so it’s good for morning swim, but not finals. 

“I see myself as the main competitor and challenge. I always need to beat myself, that’s my first and only goal, no matter the people around me, I just want to try and beat my time. 

“But if I look around there are so many fast competitors here even for breaststrokers. I think there are four or five guys that have faster time then I do. I am just going to do the best that I can do right now and if that ends up getting a medal, than that is amazing thing that I can do for my country to beat my time and just do the best that I can do.” 

Brandon loves sports, racing, and competing.

“We have a big team compared to the last Pacific Games where we had only one competitor. 

“I’ve been swimming for as long as I can remember. But competitively I represented Samoa in 2012.”

Brandon is hopeful for a medal tonight to do Samoa proud. 

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