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Fiji’s Ashkettle Shines In Cardiff

Marathon runner Ben Ashkettle came out shining during his debut in representing Fiji at the Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff, Wales last week. Ashkettle who came in 29th ran
15 Oct 2018 10:27
Fiji’s Ashkettle Shines In Cardiff
Ben Ashkettle

Marathon runner Ben Ashkettle came out shining during his debut in representing Fiji at the Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff, Wales last week.

Ashkettle who came in 29th ran with world-class runners and eclipsed Fiji’s Binesh Prasad’s national record of 1.07.57 which was set in 1993 by coming in with a time of 1.07.36 for the 21.1 kilometre run.

His timing was 1.11 in July when he ran in the 2018 Island Chill marathon in Suva of 21.1km run, 1.09 in September (Melbourne) of 21.1km run, and now 1.07 in October (Cardiff).

He said with a goal to run 1.05 in his next competition there is a need for him to focus more on his training.

“I will be training hard all summer with the goal of running under 2.19 in the marathon in April (Paris), and hope to represent Fiji again in July at the Gold Coast Oceania Marathon Championships to qualify for the Doha World Championships.”

Ashkettle who has maternal links Fiji , has opted for a Fijian passport this year as apart from being an honour to represent Fiji at world athletics events such as the Olympics as it is the best way he can share culture and traditions.

“At the same time it helps make important relationships to boost athletics and opportunities in Fiji such as providing training and competition gear to those in need, which I have already begun doing,” he added.

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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