ATHLETICS: Solomon Islands’ Rosefelo Siosi captures hearts of Hampden Park crowds

Solomon Island's Rosefelo Siosi

Solomon Island's Rosefelo Siosi

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He was a teenager from the Solomon Islands whom just about no one inside Hampden Park had heard of before he took to the track in the 5,000 metres final at the Commonwealth Games, but Rosefelo Siosi left it a hero.

He also left some time after the 23 other athletes in the race had finished, but did so with a new national record to his name and the cheers of a packed crowd still ringing in his ears.

His homeland in Oceania is more than 9,000 miles away, but on Sunday he was an honorary Scot.

 

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