Kelvin Tuiala Masoe first made his name as a speedster in inter-secondary schools athletics .
Last night at the Apia Park Stadium he sprinted into national attention by winning bronze in the Pacific Games XVI mens 100m sprint.
The two other sprinters ahead of him were experienced runners including his US based teammate who claimed silver Jeremy Dodson.
The 20 year old from Asau and Satuiatua, Savai’i, credits his medal performance to the recent opportunity for expert training in China in preparations for the Games.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to be trained by professionals, it did help me quite a lot”, Masoe told Newsline Samoa.
The Samoan fast man impressed with a win in his qualifying heat and went on to place second behind his countryman Jeremy Dodson in the semi-finals run off to qualify for the final.
A third Samoan runner, Pesamino Iakopo, also made it to the semi-final heats but did not progress to the final.
The experience for bronze medal winner Masoe of competing at home is a huge highlight of his still young career.
"I am grateful for the support of everyone who have made my journey incredible. I thank God for his love during this journey. "