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Athletes impress at season opener

Arin Kumar
Sunday, December 08, 2013

ATHLETICS Fiji officials were pleased with the performance of the athletes in their season opening competition at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday.

About 100 athletes turned up for the competition and Athletics Fiji secretary Maciu Koroitamana said they saw what they were looking for.

"We were really happy with the turnout from the athletes in all grades of competition," he said.

"There were high school athletes, para-athletes and veteran athletes who participated and we would like to thank them all for turning up. We would also like to thank the officials and supporters and parents for coming out.

"And it was encouraging to see that they have what we were looking for."

He said they also managed to conduct time trials for the athletes who were training for the Youth Olympic Games in China next year.

"It was good to see that these young athletes were recording good times despite the fact that they had just finished their exams a few weeks ago.

"It was very impressive results and they all provided each other good competition."

Koroitamana said they now have a fair idea of where the athletes stand in terms of fitness and endurance.

"The base fitness is there and that is a good sign.

"Also the interest is there from the athletes and it shows they are eager to compete and learn.

"We are now going to compile all the results and then see how we can help the athletes improve on their times, throws and jumps."

The Youth Olympic Games will be held in Nanjing, China in 2014.

Young athletes aspiring to qualify for the Olympic Youth Games have until July 8, 2014 to meet minimum qualifying standards.