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Fiji's youngest athletes Alakija falls short in 400m

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, August 05, 2012

FIJI'S Danielle Alakija faced the world's best in heat five of 400 metres athletics event at the 2012 London Olympic Games on Friday night.

The 16-year-old did her best but couldn't match the experience of the other runners, finishing last in the race.

The baby of Team Fiji was also unable to record her personal best time, finishing the race in 56.77 seconds. Her personal best time stands at 55s.

Alakija ran alongside three well-known athletes — the Commonwealth Games and European medallist McConnell Lee of Great Britain, 2010 European bronze medallist Russian Antonina Krivoshapka and the new European champion Moa Hjelmer of Sweden.

Krivoshapka recorded the second best time of 50.75s in the heats. Botswana's Amantle Montsho recorded the best time of 50.40s.

Team Fiji Chef de Mission Chris Yee said Alakija thoroughly enjoyed her first Olympic experience.

"The event was run just after a short chilly shower and Danni did not better her personal best," Yee said.

"This being her first Olympics, the experience she gained made her more determined to work exceptionally hard to make it into the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio with her eyes set on a medal."

Meanwhile, Fiji shooter Glenn Kable is all set to compete in the Men's Trap events today.

"He is feeling confident of a good result and is looking forward to competing," Yee said.

Fiji's javelin thrower Leslie Copeland arrives into the Games Village today after his final preparation in Preston with his coach, James Goulding.


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