IT is the race against time for Banuve Tabakaucoro as he tries to qualify the 2016 Olympic Games.
The Bau bullet returned home on Monday with three gold medals and two records from the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna.
He won the 100 metres with a national record time of 10.33 seconds, 200m with the Pacific record time of 21.13s and anchored the 4x400m to complete his medal haul.
Tabakaucoro, who does not see any competition for him in the Pacific, wants to compete in bigger events and ultimately make his debut in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
And to qualify for the Olympics 100 and 200m events, he needs to clock under 10.2 seconds and 21secs respectively.
His coach Bola Tafo'ou said Tabakaucoro needed to be patient to achieve his goals.
"Time will tell. As it gets to the 10.3secs stage this is where a lot of patience is needed and it gets tougher from here," Tafo'ou, the former secondary schools athletics 400m record holder, said.
"If you can drop point something seconds, you got to be happy about that."
Tabakaucoro said the records he achieved at the PMG had set a good platform for his Olympic dream.
"You have to qualify for the events within one year of the Olympic Games and that's the target right now," the 21-year-old sprinter said.
"It (10.3s and 10.2s) is totally different times. People may say it's easy to achieve but to run it is very, very difficult.
"It's all about staying focused at training and participating in tough competitions to achieve those times."
Tabakaucoro will resume training on Monday to prepare for French Grand Prix in New Caledonia next month.
Tafo'ou said they would go on a six-week break upon returning from New Caledonia before starting their new season which will run for a year.
Meanwhile, Digicel Fiji yesterday presented a Samsung Galaxy Tablet and $1000 to its brand ambassador Tabakaucoro as a token of appreciation for his achievement at the PMG.
"I thank Digicel Fiji, my coach, my parents who are the backbone of my athletics career and my families and friends for the support."