13 April 2018. Samoa – 26 year old Alex Rose may have been born and raised in the United States, but his heart is 100% Samoan – as evidenced by his continued choice to represent Samoa in athletics at the international level.
As we edge closer to the end of the Commonwealth Games, we sit in anticipation of what Friday the 13th has to offer, including the possibility of a medal from young Rose.
After ranking 3rd in yesterday’s men’s discus qualifying round with a 59.11 throw, Rose will be competing in today’s final. He’ll be up against competitors from Jamaica, Australia, Jersey, Papua New Guinea, Cyprus and Trinidad and Tobago.
Despite his years, Rose has a lot of experience under his belt, and has been competing for Samoa since 2012.
In 2012, he snatched up 2 gold medals for discus and hammer at the 2012 Cairns Oceania Championships.
At the following Oceania Championships held in Papaeete, Rose secured 3 gold medals for shot put, discus and hammer.
Rose’s efforts were again rewarded at the Cairns 2015 Oceania Championships, where he won 3 more medals; a silver for the hammer throw and a gold for both shot put and discus.
In the same year, Rose won a gold medal at the Port Moresby Pacific Games for discus, and 2 silvers at the same games for shot put and the hammer throw.
The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) lists Rose’s personal best for the discus throw as 65.74, which is a Samoan national record. The Commonwealth record is 66.39, held by South African, Frantz Kruger (2002).
The Men’s Discus Throw Final will be at the Carrara Stadium, 10:45pm (Samoan time).