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Banuve claims silver

Arin Kumar
Monday, April 07, 2014

SPRINT king Banuve Tabakaucoro settled for a silver medal at the Australian Athletics Championships over the weekend.

On Saturday, he finished second in the men's 100ms final with a time of 10.57s at the Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne, Victoria.

The event was won by Tim Leathart of Australia who finished in a time of 10.56s.

Tabakaucoro was then scheduled to compete in the 200m yesterday but had to pull out because he injured his right knee in the 100m final on Saturday.

The result means Tabakaucoro missed out on qualification for the Commonwealth Games that will be held in Glasgow, Scotland in August.

Meanwhile, the organisers of the weekend athletics champions expect a record turnout at their Easter Games next weekend.

Competition official Maciu Koroitamana said there would be no competition this weekend because they want to give athletes time to rest and recover.

"The competition today (Saturday) was great and the athletes really gave it their best shot," he said.

"So we want them to rest well, recover and then prepare well for the Easter Games where we expect a record turnout from athletes."

Koroitamana said the Easter Games would be a week before the Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Championship — the Coca-Cola Games — and will be a good ground for athletes to test themselves.

"It will be like an annual exam before the external exam.

"It will be the last chance for athletes to test themselves against athletes of other schools and zones."

Koroitamana is inviting athletes from the Western and Northern divisions to compete in the Easter Games.

"We know they have been training really hard for the Coca-Cola Games but training is not enough, you need to compete to gauge yourself and this will be a really good test."

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