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Athlete profiles

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Source: Fasanoc

* Glenn Kable

GLENN Kable won Gold at the 2011 Oceania Shooting Centre in December which qualifies him on merit for the Olympic Games. Kable overwhelmed the Australians to snatch the Gold from Mathew Stokes who settled for silver and Adam Vella who won the Bronze medal in the 25 Shot Single Barrel class. Last weekend Glenn continued his Race to London by winning the Australian National ISSF Trap Title. After 5 rounds he was tied with Australian Daniel De Pietro on 119 points. They proceeded to the Final Round both shooting 22 and so went to a sudden death shoot-out with Glenn winning on the first target. De Pietro is vying for selection into the Australian team for the Olympic Games.

* Leslie Copeland

LESLIE Copeland threw 80.45m in the World University Games on 17th August, 2011. The distance qualifies him for a spot in the Team to London. Leslie and his coach James Goulding train locally in Laucala Bay but Leslie has also spent 4 weeks in July 2010 in Preston at the Northwest Region of England as part of the LOCOG Pre-Games Training Program. He is preparing for the upcoming Australian Athletics Circuit and is intending to improve his distances before taking on the highly competitive Olympic competition.

Robert Elder

ON January 2, 2012, Robert Elder reached the semi finals of the Oceania Archery Confederation Continental Qualifying Tournament (CQT) held in the cold and blustery conditions of Masterton, New Zealand. The top two teams in the competition were to receive a quota for the Olympic Games. Samoa, Australia, Tonga, and Fiji campaigned for the two valuable places and Robert defied the conditions to overthrow our Pacific neighbours to fall one place behind Team Australia. He finished fourth overall but it was enough to qualify him on merit for is second Olympic Games. Robert made his Olympic Games debut at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Joseteki Naulu

THE latest addition to this elite group of qualified athletes for London is Japan based Judoka, Joseteki Naulu. Naulu was the Gold medallist in the -81 kg category at the Pacific Games in Noumea last year and was awarded an Olympic qualification by the International Judo Federation through its continental quota of 10 places for Oceania (7 men, 3 women). Joseteki Naulu is ranked 3 on this quota list and only one judoka per nation can qualify through this continental quota.

Iliesa Delana

ILIESA Delana of the Fiji Paralympic Committee was the first athlete in Fiji to qualify for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Delana competes in the high jump F42 category and is classed among the best in the world. On 29th January 2011 he competed at a Paralympic Qualifying event sanctioned by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in Christchurch, New Zealand. The competition was the

2011 IPC World Athletics Championship where Delana cleared the bar at 1.73m, winning the silver medal. His outstanding performance earned him an A standard Paralympic Qualification. He now trains locally at the TFL National stadium.