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Taberanibou Unhappy With Silver Medal

  Iakoba Taberanibou secured a silver medal for Fiji in the Oceania Para Championships after losing 3-2 to Australia’s Caleb Crowden in the men’s finals at the Vodafone Arena yesterday.
15 Apr 2017 12:47
Taberanibou Unhappy With Silver Medal
Iakoba Eranibou 36 prepare for Oceania Para-table tennis Championship. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

 

Iakoba Taberanibou secured a silver medal for Fiji in the Oceania Para Championships after losing 3-2 to Australia’s Caleb Crowden in the men’s finals at the Vodafone Arena yesterday.

Despite finishing second after the two-day competition, Taberanibou says, he is disappointed at the loss since a silver is not good enough for him.

“For me the game was good but I made a lot of mistakes, this is an international tournament and it’s very different to our local tournaments like the Fiji Open,” he said.

“I’m very disappointed that I did not win gold because I’m playing in my home country and I feel that a silver medal is not good enough.

“Even though winning a silver is an achievement, for me that isn’t good because my goal was to get gold but in the end I only have myself to blame for my mistakes and all I can do is learn from it.”

The second spot has not dampened Taberanibou’s spirits as he said this is a learning curve for him for the upcoming tournaments.

“I have learnt from my mistakes and there are a lot of upcoming tournaments I can take part in and improve,” he said.

“This isn’t the end of the road for me, there are plenty more tournaments I can take part in and when I get the next opportunity I am going to go for the kill.”

Meanwhile, this was the first international win for Crowden.

“It feels incredible and such an honour to compete with these guys, to be here in this country for the first time and to play against such incredible competitors it’s just an honour,” he said.

“I’m so happy. I knew that I had put in the work and I wanted it to pay off and I never dreamt that I would win, my only aim was to get out of the pools and winning is even better.

“I have been playing for three years now and this is by far the best highlight of my career.”

The ITTF Oceania Junior and Championships continue today at the Vodafone Arena.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

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