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Swimmers Battle

By Matthew Culmer Swimmer Matelita Buadromo looks on track to represent Fiji in the coming Olympic Games with Douglas Miller and Paul Elaisa battling it out for the one available
05 Jan 2012 09:49

Douglas Miller during practice yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR

By Matthew Culmer

Swimmer Matelita Buadromo looks on track to represent Fiji in the coming Olympic Games with Douglas Miller and Paul Elaisa battling it out for the one available male place in the team.
The list of possible representatives was released yesterday afternoon. With Buadromo taking the one female spot it seems as if there is going to be a showdown between both Miller and Elaisa in order to earn the right to perform on the highest stage possible.
FINA, the international swimming federation, also announced yesterday the many qualification events that are happening throughout the world. These were for swimmers to take part in to qualify for the Olympic Games.  One of these is the Oceania Swimming Championships in Noumea and the end of May.
It would therefore seem to be in May that Miller and Elaisa will have the opportunity to not only take each other on, but also show that they have the ability to compete on the international stage.
This pool of swimmers had to pass through certain hoops in order to qualify for consideration for the Olympic Games. Because no swimmer has achieved the Olympic qualifying time or the Olympic standard time, Fiji is only allowed to have one male and one female swimmer at the Olympics.
The two also must have taken part in the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai which means that Douglas Miller, Matelita Buadromo and Paul Elaisa all are eligible for the games.
Nothing is certain however with Fiji Swimming making it very clear in their statement that ‘no swimmers have been guaranteed a place on the team’ however it would seem very likely that the two representatives will come from these three swimmers.
FINA have also stated that other swimmers may be selected, in addition to the two allowed, if they achieve either the Olympic qualifying time or the Olympic standard time.

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