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Banuve, Copeland Chasing Road to Rio

  Athletics Fiji head coach Albert Miller is hopeful sprinter Banuve Tabakaucoro and javelin thrower Leslie Copeland will qualify for the Rio Olympics in August. Miller says Tabakaucoro is currently
07 Jun 2016 13:11
Banuve, Copeland Chasing Road to Rio
Banuve Tabakaucoro.

 

Athletics Fiji head coach Albert Miller is hopeful sprinter Banuve Tabakaucoro and javelin thrower Leslie Copeland will qualify for the Rio Olympics in August.

Miller says Tabakaucoro is currently in Gold Coast, Australia and has been consistent with his training and performance.

“He ran 10.26 secs in the 100 metres and 20.9 in the 200 so he’s on the right track pretty consistent,”Miller said.

“Now it’s just a matter of getting into the right competition.  He has a few more competition in the next few weeks so hopefully he can clock better times.

“Tabakaucoro competed at the Taiwan Open Athletics Championship three weeks ago and came first in the 100 metres final with the time of 10.34 and finished second in the 200 with the time of 20.9.

“For Leslie I’m hoping for him to get in because of his ranking. He had thrown 83 metres. Normally if they don’t have athletes that qualified outright, it would come down to the rankings.”

Miller said Tabakaucoro and Copeland were quality athletes but unfortunately the Olympic standard was high.

“In the women we have no clear favourties as we’ve Younis Bese, Sisilia Sevula, Alesi Finau and Makereta Naulu,”Miller said.

“I know that Finau and Naulu clocked 12.4secs over the weekend so it’s pretty even for the women. It might come down to the Melanesian Games next month to see who will be nominated.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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