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Ex-Sprint Queen Returns

Former Pacific Sprint Queen Makelesi Bulikiobo-Batimala is making a comeback at the Pacific Games in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. National athletics coach, Albert Miller confirmed this yesterday indicating that
08 Jan 2015 11:58
Ex-Sprint Queen Returns

Former Pacific Sprint Queen Makelesi Bulikiobo-Batimala is making a comeback at the Pacific Games in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

National athletics coach, Albert Miller confirmed this yesterday indicating that her inclusion is based on merit.

“It is good to have her back in the team,” Miller said.

He said Batimala had been training for the past six months and would be expected to lead Fiji’s campaign to the Pacific Games.

“It is good that we have a person of a high caliber in athletics and will be one of the team leaders.”

Batimala’s vast experience will be a boost to top sprinters of Sisilia Seavula and Younis Bese.

She, along with Seavula, carries Fiji’s hope in the women’s 100 and 200 metres event while Elenoa Sailosi will be competing in the 400m.

Seavula who won last year’s Coca-Cola Games senior girl’s 100m gold medal said her focus would be on improving her time.

“I am trying to run 11 seconds and cut my personal best (PB) down when I will go for the trials and before I leave for the Pacific Games.

“I bet I will achieve it,” she said while training at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

“With all the preparations I have been doing, I think I am ready for the Pacific Games.

“The only team that I will be looking out for is Papua New Guinea, because they are very competitive.”

Former Adi Cakobau School sprinter Sailosi said she was determined to win gold in her event.

“My focus now is winning gold because the last time I won bronze and now I have to pull up to try and win gold.

“I’m doing well with my training and with the fitness level I have I know I can do it,” she added.

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