Pacific Games

I Still Have It, Says Banuve

“It is the toughest Pacific Games that I’ve ever been to, every islander improved and the sprinters are a lot faster now but overall everything went smoothly.”
22 Jul 2019 16:02
I Still Have It, Says Banuve
From left: Banuve Tabakaucoro carries his cousin Tiriani Banuve with Assistant Minister for Sports Alipate Nagata at Nadi International Aiport on July 21, 2019 Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The fastest man in the Pacific Banuve Tabukaucoro wants to represent Fiji at the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Dubbed as the Bau Bullet, Tabakaucoro won three gold medals at the Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa.

“Definitely, the Olympics is always on our radar but prior to that we will have pre-meets,” he said.

“As always that is the plan for individual athlete to go to the Olympic Games.”

Tabakaucoro said competition was very tough in Samoa.

“It is the toughest Pacific Games that I’ve ever been to, every islander improved and the sprinters are a lot faster now but overall everything went smoothly.”

In the 100metres final he clocked 10.31s to break the old record of 10.33s that was set in 2013.

For the 200m Tabakaucoro clocked a 20.87s but it wasn’t as fast as the 20.53s he had set in Papua New Guinea.

“Breaking my own record just shows that I still got it and there is still a lot of room for improvement.

“It is still my cycle of training and just my second international competition so I’m very pleased of where I am at now,” he added.

WHAT’S NEXT

“Right now I just want to go home and relax with the family.

“I haven’t really discussed yet on what the next competition my coach and I are going to plan for but that will come later on.

“Right now it’s enjoying time with my wife and kids.”

Edited by  Leone Cabenatabua

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