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Ross Meets Youth Olympics Qualifying Time

Ross Meets Youth Olympics Qualifying Time
Netani Ross has met the B qualifying time of the Youth Olympic Games in the 50m backstroke but accoring to Fiji Swimming president Ben Rova he has to wait for the decision of the Youth Olympic Games organisers. Photo: Fiji Swimming
July 06
10:13 2018

Team Fiji swimmer Netani Ross has met the B qualifying time of the Youth Olympic Games to be held on October 6-18 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

But Fiji Swimming president Ben Rova said yesterday that his participation at the Youth Olympics will be decided by the Games organisers.

Ross competed at the 2018 New Zealand AON Open Championship where he made the B qualifying time of 27.60 seconds in the 50m backstroke.

“I’m glad with Netani’s performance and as for now we cannot fully confirm his par­ticipation for the Youth Olympic Games,” Rova said.

“As, previously, we had a few swimmers that met the qualifying times but couldn’t compete as their times were reviewed by the YOG organisers who made the final de­cision for their participation. And the same will apply for Netani.”

Last week Ross was also part of the 4x50m Oceania medley relay team that won a bronze medal at the Oceania Championship in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

The 17-year-old Swami Vivekananda Col­lege student had previously recorded a per­sonal best of 27.79secs and considers the 50m and 100m backstroke as his two favour­ite events.

Ross has also represented Fiji at the World Junior Championships, The NSW Austral­ian States Championships, and the 2016 and 2018 Oceania Area Championships.

Other Fiji swimmers who are competing in New Zealand and trying to qualify for the Junior Olympics are Moana Wind and Temafa Yalimaiwai.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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