FRESH from competing at the Pacific Mini Games held in Tahiti this year, Fijian sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro managed yet another set of thrilling victories.
Tabakaucoro spoke to this newspaper and revealed he was invited to compete at the French International Meet held in New Caledonia last week by the New Caledonian coach.
"There were actually two competitions at the meet," the 21-year-old said.
"The first of the competitions was held in Kone and the second in Noumea.
"I ran the first race in Kone on Fiji Day and won my event, clocking 10.49 seconds in the 100 metres event.
"In Noumea, I clocked a time of 10.56s and this was because there was a really strong headwind so I had to fight against it.
"I won both events but the time could have been better."
Tabakaucoro said the meet attracted sprinters from Australia and New Zealand as well.
"I ran against internationally-ranked athletes like Joseph Millar of New Zealand."
"I was the only islander there apart from the athletes from New Caledonia but it was a pretty good experience."
Tabakaucoro said one of the reasons for his success was because of the fact that he carried on with his training after the World Youth Championships and the Pacific Mini Games.
"So I was very much prepared for this competition."