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Eyeing World Champs

  Fiji’s current top field decathlete Milika Tuivanuavou has set her sights on the IAAF World Championships London 2017 in August. The 26-year-old Vutuna, Narai native has already started preparations
30 Dec 2016 11:00
Eyeing  World Champs
Milika Tuivanuavou at the entrance of the HPU gym at Laucala Bay yesterday.Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

 

Fiji’s current top field decathlete Milika Tuivanuavou has set her sights on the IAAF World Championships London 2017 in August.

The 26-year-old Vutuna, Narai native has already started preparations for the Oceania Games which will be held in July at the ANZ Stadium in which she hopes to qualify for the World Championships.

Tuivanuavou will be focusing on her triple jump as she tries to get back to the form she was once in to compete in the Oceania Games as she has had a positive year.

“This year has been really good, a lot better than it went last year,”she said.

“There has been no injuries which is a huge plus for me and I am feeling good and positive for the New Year.

“I will only specialising in triple jump next year, I will not throw because it adds too much weight on me.

“At the moment, I am just beginning to rebuild my confidence in getting back to the form I was always in where I thought I was ready to compete on an elite level.

“I still have a lot of time to prepare as I do not start competing until March, so I have a lot of time to prepare and get on form.

“There will always be hardships faced, moving back to the United States and trying to figure out my life and still trying to continue athletics has been a struggle for me but there were also positives that came out of it.

“I am looking forward to what the New Year will bring.”

It will not be an easy hurdle to overcome for Tuivanuavou as her toughest opponents at the Oceania Games will be Papua New Guinea but she will need to focus on herself and get fitness levels and form back.

“PNG has always had a strong contingent especially in the jumps and we have been competing a lot so I know they will be bringing their best athletes,” she said.

“But like any competition, going up against tough opponents is all part of the game but I think the biggest opponent right now is myself.

“I still have a long way to go in terms of preparing and getting good and I am slowly getting there.

“I look forward to starting the New Year with a bang.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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