Fiji into 4×4 final

FIJI men’s 4×400 relay team has ran their way to the final of the Commonwealth Games which will take place at the Carrara Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia today.

The team made up of Samuela Railoa, Aaron Powell, Kameli Sauduadua and Petero Veitaqomaki finished the race in 3 minutes 7.15 seconds while Botswana came first with a time of 3 minutes 5.01 seconds.

“It was a great run by all the runners,” Athletics Fiji chief development officer Joseph Rodan Jr said.

“The athletes ran an impressive time against a class field and managed to hang in there to qualify finishing in the top three which gave them an automatic qualification in heat one.

“We are impressed with how they handled the pressure and competed well within the rules.”

England’s Matthew Hudson-Smith pulled out from the race because of an injury while Nigeria did not qualify for the race and Mozambique did not start the race.

“The average age of the athletes is 19 years and it was a good exposure for the young athletes. It has set a good platform as we continue our journey to the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa. The focus will be to run a faster time in the final.” The final will take place at 7.7pm (Fiji Time).

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