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Samoa's Pacific Games golden boy strikes again

A young man has emerged Samoa's new golden boy in the XVI Pacific Games.

At 21-years-of-age, Brandon Schuster, the son of Toeolesulusulu Cedric and Suzie Schuster, is already doing his country proud, raking in his second gold medal for Samoa. 

On Wednesday night, Schuster claimed first spot during the men’s 400 meters Individual Medley, leaving a full house Aquatic Center in Faleata in joyous cheers and chants.

He clocked a time of 4:24:04, leaving two New Caledonian swimmers to settle for silver and bronze. 

The lad hails from Satapuala, Vaimoso and Alamagoto. 

Speaking to the Samoa Observer, he said winning gold just means more recognition for swimming as a sport. 

“I am just happy to be able to be given this platform to showcase the talent that Samoa has for swimming and to show the other nations in the Pacific as well as to show people at home who are watching, reading the paper, or listening to the radio, that you can also do this,” he said. 

“I grew up here in Samoa and I have been training my whole life and being able to come up to the stage and win two gold medals so far is something that I would have never dreamed of.

“And I was able to do that through the support of my coach, family, the church and the whole nation as one.”

The national swimming team captain said the win is something that people who are watching should be encouraged about. 

“To know it’s not just them up there, but the whole country is celebrating every small thing that they do, every little improvement. It’s not just the big medals that count but it’s every little small step to get towards it that counts,” he said. 

Schuster dedicated his win to his team, coach, family and Samoa as a nation. 

“I dedicate it to all the people who are looking at it, who think and know that they could also get there. 

“To all the people that haven’t started any sport, and knowing that if they put their effort in and the country is behind them, than they can also get into this point, all this people who have that dream, I dedicate it to them because it can become a reality.” 

Schuster's win takes up Samoa’s gold medal count to six as of yesterday. 

Meanwhile, Lauren Sale, who won gold in the women’s 50 meters backstroke on Monday, settled for silver in the women’s 100 meters butterfly.  The swimming competition continues.  

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