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Vollmer Eyes Gold In Samoa

Triple jump champion Eugene Vollmer is using the July Pacific Games as a stepping stone for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. The 30-year-old recorded a jump of 15.35metres
20 Jan 2019 11:00
Vollmer Eyes Gold In Samoa
Reigning Pacific Games triple jump champion Eugene Vollmer at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on January 19, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Triple jump champion Eugene Vollmer is using the July Pacific Games as a stepping stone for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The 30-year-old recorded a jump of 15.35metres during an athletics meet at the ANZ Stadium, Suva yesterday to surpass the Pacific Games qualify­ing threshold of 15.20m.

He won gold at the 2015 Games in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and is out to defend his title this year.

“My goal was to come out and jump a 15.30m but I breezed through with 15.35m, which is still pretty good,” the former Marist Brothers High School student told SUNsports.

“Apart from defending my title in Samoa, I also want to set a new na­tional record because that’s when the qualifiers for the Olympics open as well.”

Vollmer is one of Team Fiji’s senior athletes, both in terms of winning medals and the time he has spent at top level competition.

Also known as an explosive sprint­er, Vollmer may feature in the 4x100m relay event in Samoa.

“It’s a significant Pacific Games for me because Samoa is where I first represented Fiji back in 2007,” he said.

“I’m going back to where it all be­gan for me and I’m proud to compete for Fiji once again. It’s always tough going up against the region’s best but I’m confident of a good outing.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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