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Kable: Team Fiji Should Do Well

Kable: Team Fiji Should Do Well
Team Fiji shooter Glenn Kable, at the Games village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday. Photo: Anasilini Ratuva.
August 02
12:26 2016

 

Team Fiji shooter Glenn Kable is confident that Fiji will do well in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Kable, who is one of our medal prospects was the first Fijian athlete to arrive in Rio and is looking forward to the Games.

“I’m very excited about it,” he told SUNsports yesterday.

“I have been training for a long time and I’m glad the time has finally arrived. For my preparation I do a lot of shooting from week-to-week in the last six weeks and I have been focussing primarily on shooting a lot of targets and working on my techniques.”

Kable said he had arrived in Rio four days ago and was acclimatising.

He recently participated in the Queensland State trap title championship where he was the runner-up but finished fifth in the New South Wales trap title before heading to Rio.

Kable who specialises in ‘trap’ strongly believes that Fiji has more chances in this Olympic.

“Fiji is in-line with some exceptional performance in this Olympic.”

He qualified through a country quota following his impressive performance at the Continental Oceania Shooting Championship in Sydney, Australia last year. The former World Cup winner has never won a medal after representing Fiji at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and has opted to train in Australia because of the lack of facilities at home.

“For me I have been shooting for a long time, it’s been a long term process. I was able to prepare in advance for my qualification period and what is required for the Olympics and it’s the same now.

“My preparation is similar to when I was trying to qualify. I have taken off gym for some time so that I don’t get physically fatigued. I’m also watching my diet.”

Kable praised the support given to him by the Fiji Shooting fraternity.

“I’m also very happy with the support from FASANOC and through them we have attended a number of overseas shooting competitions.

“The venue here in Rio is fantastic as well as the games village.”

BACKGROUND

Kable won the World Cup in Korea in 2001 in his first international shooting event. He went on to claim a silver medal in the Italian World Cup that same year in Lonato, climbing to 5th spot on the world rankings. Subsequently he picked up a bronze medal at the World Cup in Perth, Australia in 2003, after shooting a perfect 75/75 on the first day.

He represented Fiji in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002, shooting off for the final, and reproducing exactly the same result as at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006. In 2011 he scored a new Pacific Games record by winning 6 gold medals in the Clay Target shooting events in Nouméa, and to date has won a total of 9 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 2 bronze medals at the South Pacific Games in Suva, Samoa and Nouméa respectively.

At the 2008 Olympic Games he finished in joint thirteenth place in the trap qualification, missing a place among the top six. He also competed at the 2004 Olympic Games and 2012 Olympic Games.

He won the 2011 Oceania title and an Olympic Quota place to the 2012 London Olympics. He also won the 2012 Australian National Olympic Trap title.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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