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Young Athletes Attitude Impress Tabakaucoro

Pacific sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro is pleased with the drive and passion of the upcoming FMF Athletics Fiji athletes participating at the Oceania Championship in Mackay, Australia.
11 Jun 2022 12:40
Young Athletes Attitude Impress Tabakaucoro
From left; Australia’s Sam Mcentee, Jack Bruce and Yeshnil Karan of Fiji on the medal podium after the 5000m final of the Oceania Championship in Mackay, Australia. Photo: Athletics Fiji.

Pacific sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro is pleased with the drive and passion of the upcoming FMF Athletics Fiji athletes participating at the Oceania Championship in Mackay, Australia.

Tabakaucoro said this is reflected at they how they had competed. Team Fiji won three bronze medals and a gold medal.

Nadroga native Waisale Inoke was the first to win a medal in the Under-20 men’s Long Jump final, jumping a new personal best of 7.06m.

He was 1 centimetre short of New Zealand’s Angus Lyver (7.07m). Australia’s Blake Shaw took out the gold with a distance of 7.29m.

The second medal was in the men’s 4x100m relay final. The team finished second in a time of 41.64s behind Australia Team B. However, following a review post-race, the gold medal was then awarded to Fiji after Australia was disqualified.

The team consisted of Inoke, Tabakaucoro, Nikola Raiqeu and Meli Romuakalou.

Shortly after, another Fiji athlete took to the medal podium and it was Tavua native, Yeshnil Karan in the men’s 5000m final. Finishing third behind Australia’s

Sam Mcentee and Jack Bruce.

Karan ran a new personal best and Commonwealth Games qualifying time of 15minutes 26.45s, placing him as the 6th best 5000m runner of all time in Fiji.

However, the team was not done yet, they hastily got a 4x400m team together and ran a decent 3minutes 19.12s finishing third behind Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Other Results

Open Men’s 400m:

  1. Nikola Raiqeu – 6th in Heat 2 with a new season’s best and personal best of 49.62s
  2. Meli Romuakalou – 6th in Heat 1 with a new season’s best of 50.50s
  3. Kameli Sauduadua – 8th in Heat 2 with a new season’s best of 50.69s

Under 18 Girls’ 400m

  1. Torika Radovu – 5th in Heat 1 in a time 62.56s and qualified for the final.

Open Men’s 100m:

  1. Banuve Tabakaucoro- 10.68s in the heats to qualify for the final where he ran a season’s best of 10.56s finishing 8th
  2. Fiji based- Taiwaneese sprinter Bryce Chou finished 6th in his heat with a time of 11.22s

Open Men’s 1500m:

  1. Yeshnil Karan ran 4mins 00.07s to finish fourth in the final of the Men’s 1500m behind New Zealand’s Mathew Taylor.

Open Men’s 200m:

  1. Banuve Tabakaucoro – finished 2nd in Heat 1 with a time of 21.63s qualifying him for the finals where he ran a season’s best of 21.37s, finishing fifth.
  2. Meli Romuakalou – 4th in Heat 2 with a time of 22.82s
  3. Nikola Raiqeu – 4th in Heat 3 with a time of 22.56s

Open Women’s 5000m:

  1. Vilimaina Naituku – finished 6th with a new season’s best of 21minutes 31.29s.

Under 20 Men’s Triple Jump:

  1. Waisale Inoke – finished 4th with a new personal best of 13.76m.

With the conclusion of the Oceania Athletics Championships, the team will now return to Fiji while Tabakaucoro and Karan move on to the Pacific Mini Games in Saipan, Northern Marianas later this month.

Athletics Fiji would like to thank major sponsors FMF Foods Limited for the timely assistance that helped the team in acquiring competition uniforms for the championships and deepest appreciation to Oceania Athletics for their never-ending support.



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