Serafina Akeli

Patsy Serafina Akeli (born December 7, 1978 in Motootua) is a Samoan javelin thrower.[1] She is a two-time Olympian, a 2008 national javelin throw champion, and a member of QEII Track Club in Australia.[2] She set both a national record and a personal best throw of 54.78 metres, by winning her event at the New Zealand Athletics Championships in Wellington, New Zealand.[3][4]

Serafina Akeli
Personal information
Full namePatsy Serafina Akeli
Nationality Samoa
Born (1978-12-07) 7 December 1978 (age 42)
Motootua, Samoa
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight89 kg (196 lb)
Event(s)Javelin throw
ClubQEII Track Club (AUS)
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Javelin throw: 54.78 m (2004)
Medal record
Updated on 29 April 2013.

Akeli made her official debut for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where she placed fortieth in the qualifying rounds of the women's javelin throw, at a distance of 45.93 metres.

At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, Akeli achieved her best career result, when she finished ninth in the final round of the women's javelin, with a best possible throw of 51.25 metres.[5][6]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Akeli qualified for the second time in the women's javelin throw. She performed the best throw of 49.26 metres, on her third and final attempt, finishing forty-ninth overall in the qualifying rounds.[7]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Samoa
2004 Oceania Championships Townsville, Australia 1st Javelin throw 50.22 m CR
2005 South Pacific Mini Games Koror, Palau 1st Javelin throw 52.26 m


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Serafina Akeli". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Samoa: SASNOC announces fundraising activities for 2008 Samoa Olympic Team". Event Polynesia. 11 June 2008. Archived from the original on 21 August 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  3. ^ Ogilvie, David (22 October 2004). "Akeli to sharpen her act". Wanganui Chronicle. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Serafina Akeli". Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Athletics: Javelin". 2006 Commonwealth Games. BBC Sport. 25 March 2006. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Women's Javelin Throw – Final Results". Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Women's Javelin Throw Qualifying Rounds". NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2013.

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