Ryan Pini

Ryan Pini to swim this afternoon

Pini will race at 2:16pm Rio time (3:16am PNG time, Friday) and will swim in heat 2 of 6 of the butterfly event.

The world record for the 100 metres butterfly is held by Michael Phelps from the United States who set a time of 49.82 seconds back in 2009 in Rome, Italy.

Pini will be the fourth athlete from Team PNG to compete at Rio after Raymond Ovinou, Thadius Katua and Morea Baru.

‘Super Fish’ Pini still to hit the pool

Papua New Guineas super fish and swimming hero Ryan Pini is yet to get in the water for his first heat.

Pini is spending much of his time in the competition pool getting a taste of facility while waiting for his event to unfold.   

The Super Fish is scheduled to swim in the Men's 100m butterfly on Friday August 12, however, the event is yet to be confirmed as he is prepares for anything that’s pops up his way.

The 100m butterfly will be his first heat before progressing into other finals and other scheduled events.

Pini to be PNG flag bearer at Rio Olympics

The news was announced today by Chef de Mission, Emma Waiwai at the farewell for Team PNG at the Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre, Port Moresby.

Waiwai described Pini as a great ambassador for sports in PNG saying he is the only PNG athlete to compete in the finals at an Olympic Games.

“Ryan is well recognized in PNG and the Pacific. Among many other achievements and awards include Member of the British Empire, Order of the Logohu, Best Male Athlete of the 2015 Pacific Games and winning the SP Sports Awards Male Athlete of the Year five times.

Pini aiming for A Olympic qualifying at Aussie Champs

Pini made history last week winning his first ever gold medal at an Australian national championships.

His last event will be the 50m backstroke on Wednesday.

Team PNG has four swimmers taking part at the championships - Ryan Pini, Samuel Seghers, Ryan Maskelyne and Barbara Vali-Skelton.

Seghers also has two events left, the 50m freestyle and 100m fly on Tuesday.

Maskelyne has the 50 breaststroke also on Tuesday.

Pini claims an Aussie Open Gold

Pini set a new national record winning the men’s 50m butterfly in a time of 23.67, beating his own record of 23.77, which he recorded at the Australian Championships last year. 

He finished just ahead of Daniel Lester who hit the wall in a time of 23.72 followed by David Morgan who posted a 23.76.

Cameron McEvoy, who was the top qualifier in the prelims posting a time of 23.57, did not swim in yesterday evening’s finals.

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Ryan Pini aims to be top qualified athlete for Rio

Pini has so far qualified with a B timing and is aiming for an A qualifying time, which will be around the time that will make semifinals at the Olympics.

Pini told Loop PNG that this will solidify his selection but mostly he wants to ensure that he is going to Rio as a top qualified athlete, pushing himself as hard as he can.

He gained 3 Olympic B Qualifying times in the 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke.

“I am aiming for the 100m butterfly as my main event.

Ryan Pini honored to receive international award

Pini told Loop PNG he was proud to be in such high esteem with delegates from over 200 nations at the ANOC General Assembly in Washington D.C.

“The award means so much to me, to be recognized on an international level with the Olympic core values is incredible.

“I have an amazing opportunity to be able to tell my story to others in the Pacific that they can reach this level,” he said.

Pini awarded Male Athlete of the 2015 Pacific Games

He was presented his award this week during the ANOC General Assembly in Washington D.C. 

Pini’s achievements were by far the best in the pool at the Pacific Games where he won seven gold, two silver and two bronze.

“I am delighted to receive this award and I thank ANOC for the recognition of my efforts during the Games,” said Pini. 

Secretary General of the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee (PNGOC), Auvita Rapilla who was present said Pini’s achievement during the Games were the reward of Pini’s commitment and discipline. 

Historic day in the pool for PNG

Ryan Pini, Tegan McCarthy, Sam Seghers and Barabra Vali-Skelton lined up in the Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay along with host nation Russia.

Ryan Pini got the team off to a great start and put the island team in the lead at 100m securing 56.38 as the atmosphere began to build in the Kazan Arena.

“ With a home crowd and a loud noise, there’s always a little bit of nervousness and excitement. In terms of my time I was a little bit better than my time in the individual event which I aimed for.” Ryan remarked.