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Malani Vows Better Times

  Meli Malani is looking forward to competing with the region’s best in the Oceania Swimming Championship in Suva next week. A student of SPIRE Institute in Ohio, United States,
17 Jun 2016 12:02
Malani Vows Better Times
Meli Malani with coach Thad Schultz.

 

Meli Malani is looking forward to competing with the region’s best in the Oceania Swimming Championship in Suva next week.

A student of SPIRE Institute in Ohio, United States, Malani hopes to better his time of 23.18 seconds in 50 metres freestyle during the championship. The qualifying time for the Rio Olympics is 23.05secs.

“I’m just looking forward to race with swimmers from Australia and New Zealand and hopefully qualify from the Rio Games,” he said.

Malani hopes to perform to expectations and deal with the pressure.

“My challenge is pressure, listening to everybody’s expectations and what people want.”

Malani acknowledges the support from his families, coaches and friends and is happy to be home to represent Fiji once again.

His coach Thad Schultz spoke highly of Malani’s work ethic.

“He has been doing a great job in the water, working really hard,” Schultz said.

“We’ve been working on some modifications over the last few weeks since he won his best times in February so we’re hoping his ready to go.”

Schultz will be working with the 19-year-old Malani to achieve his dream.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for him to represent his country and do all the things his worked for all his life.”

Malani has participated in the Sectionals and Arena Pro Swim Series meet in the U.S early this year competing with top swimmers in the world.

Edited by Osea Bola

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