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Final athletics trials

Arin Kumar
Friday, February 07, 2014

COACH Rafaele Tunaulu expects the best performance from his training squad during the Athletics Fiji-organised final time trials at the ANZ Stadium tomorrow.

The squad is preparing for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing, China, that will be held later this year.

He said the trials would confirm which athletes would compete at the YOG Oceania Qualification tournament in Sydney, Australia, in March.

"My message to the athletes is to clock the standard qualifying time if you want a spot in the team to the Oceania qualifiers," he said.

"Because your pathway to the YOG will only be guaranteed at the qualifiers."

YOG chef de mission Carl Probert said he wanted as many athletes as possible to qualify for the Oceania qualifiers.

"The more athletes we have meeting the standard qualifying time, the more chances we have of getting a male and a female qualifying for the YOG."

As of last weekend, only one athlete - Albert Miller Jr - has met the qualifying standards.

Tunaulu said they expect more to meet the mark at the final time trials tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Yat Sen Secondary School student Kayla Yee is in doubt to meet the qualifying standard time.

She suffered an injury last month and Tunaulu said she is still in the recovery phase.

"We are waiting on the doctors to confirm her state but she is still recovering."

Competition starts at 9am at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

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