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Lusi's wait is over

Arin Kumar
Friday, July 20, 2012

PARALYMPIAN, Lusiana Rogoimuri is one month away from achieving a target she set three years ago.

The sprinter will represent Fiji in the T36 100 and 200 metre events at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

The 32-year-old of Daku Village in Tailevu, suffers from Cerebral Palsy but has not allowed her disability to hold her back.

Her coach Sainiana Tukana said Rogoimuri had been actively competing in athletics for the past five years.

She told Times Sport that reaching the Paralympic Games had been Rogoimuri's target for the past three years.

"She (Rogoimuri) has competed in many events overseas but never at the Paralympics so we set that as a goal three years ago," Tukana said.

"Since then, she has been training very hard to achieve the goal and next month she will achieve it," she said.

Rogoimuri qualified for the event after competing in the Paralympic World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand last year.

Her participation resulted in her achieving a B Standard in her class, T36 100 and 200 metre events.

"The time for A Standard is 17 seconds but she ran 17.36 seconds, just missing out on A standard by a fraction of a second so she had to settle for B standard.

"And afterwards because of lack of finance, she could not participate in any more competitions overseas but has been training here in Fiji."

Tukana said the closing of the National Stadium for renovation was a setback for Rogoimuri because she had not been able to run on rubber tracks since the closure after the Cola-Cola Games this year.

"We had to find a venue to train and when we did find a ground at a school, it was grass tracks and it took a while for Rogoimuri to adjust.

"So till then we have been training on grass tracks and will leave for London on August 13 so we can have some time to get her running on rubber tracks for a while," she said.

Tukana has been coaching Rogoimuri for over five years now and has been the main source of inspiration for the runner. She will accompany Rogoimuri to the games.

Fiji's other Paralympian Iliesa Delana who will compete in the games has been training in Brisbane, Australia.





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