Fiji’s young swimming sensation, Anahira McCutcheon, made waves at Swimming New Zealand’s Apollo Projects Age Group competition held over the weekend, scooping an impressive five gold medals.
The 13-year-old, who is already regarded as an Olympic potential for Fiji, dominated her age division.
McCutcheon’s outstanding performances included winning gold in the 100m Butterfly, 50m Butterfly, 50m and 100m Breaststroke, and 50m Freestyle. She also claimed a bronze medal in the 100m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke, demonstrating her versatility and skill across different swimming disciplines.
One of McCutcheon’s standout performances was in the 100m Butterfly, where she clocked a time of 1.07.07 in the finals, surpassing her heats time of 1.08.04. She also showed her prowess in the 50m Butterfly, improving on her heats time of 29.59 with a swift 29.08 in the finals.
In the breaststroke events, McCutcheon proved to be unbeatable, winning gold in both the 100m and 50m Breaststroke. She clocked a time of 1.18.20 in the 100m Breaststroke, after posting a solid time of 1.20.22 in the heats. In the 50m Breaststroke, she clinched the gold medal in the finals with a time of 34.60, bettering her heats time of 34.74.
McCutcheon’s speed and agility were also evident in the 50m Freestyle, where she dominated her category with a time of 26.96 in the finals, after clocking 27.68 in the heats.