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Fijians set three oceania athletics record in cook islands meet

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

REAKING three meet records at the Oceania Athletics Championships last week was the major highlight for Athletics Fiji.

So says team manager Paul Yee of the nine athletes he travelled with to the event at Cook Islands.

"We won six gold medals, four silver medals and two bronze medals at the event," he said.

"But the highlight of the event when Banuve Tabakaucoro broke his own 100m Oceania record of 10.46s with a new time of 10.30s which a three miliseconds better than the 10.33s he ran at the Pacific Mini Games last year.

"Natabua High School student Batinisavu Uluiyata set a record in the 400m with a time of 47.63s in the junior competition while Eugene Vollmer broke the previous record of 15.45m in triple jump with his jump of 15.60m."

Yee said the performance of the athletes was really good despite the weather and the track condition in Raratonga.

"It was raining heavily and it was windy and we thought at one point they would call it off but they didn't.

"It was also a 300m track which meant the bends were really sharp and the lanes were slimmer and it was quite slippery.

"Despite all that is was a good build-up for Banuve, Eugene and Yonis Bese who won gold in the 200m as they prepare for the Commonwealth Games that would be held next month in Glasgow, Scotland."

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