Potential to win medals

Eugene Vollmer in action in the triple jump event at the Metricom Stadium in Carrara, Gold Coast, Australia. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Eugene Vollmer in action in the triple jump event at the Metricom Stadium in Carrara, Gold Coast, Australia. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

FIJI has a lot of potential to win medals at international events, says Eugene Vollmer, after his triple jump in the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia yesterday.

Vollmer, who is originally from Sigatoka, came eighth with a jump of 15.8 metres in the qualifying round.

“My last jump was a hard one, but that is how sports goes and I could not be happier to get the season’s best,” he said.

“We have bigger and better things to work on after the Commonwealth Games and the jumpers and the coaches have identified some areas we need to work on.

“I have taken their advice and I am working on that, but it was a really good jump and I am glad that I gave a good competition to my competitors.”

Vollmer, 28, had been out of action for a lapse of one year before making a comeback last year during the Pacific Mini Games.

“Coming from a small country we can surely do big things, but we just need to put our heads down and work together, not individually.

“We need people who can work as a team and working with the coaches, speed coaches, strength and conditioning coaches to get better,” he said.

“We need to work hard and milk every resources we have and definitely we can do best thing.”

Fiji will compete in the 4x100m and 4x400m rely today.

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