Athletics

Banuve Tabakaucoro clocks 10.6 seconds in 100 meters heats

Pacific Sprint King and former Marist Brothers High School sprinter Banuve Tabakaucoro clocked 10.6 seconds in the 100 meters heats at the Melanesian Athletics Championship at the ANZ Stadium today. Tabakaucoro will need to stop the time to 10.16 to automatically qualify for the Rio Olympics in Brazil in August. He said he was happy […]

Luke Nacei

July 7, 2016 9:02 pm

Pacific Sprint King and former Marist Brothers High School sprinter Banuve Tabakaucoro clocked 10.6 seconds in the 100 meters heats at the Melanesian Athletics Championship at the ANZ Stadium today.

Banuve Tabakaucoro finishing first at today's 100 meter hit with a time of 10.6 second. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Banuve Tabakaucoro finishing in first place at today’s 100 meter heats with a time of 10.6 seconds. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

Tabakaucoro will need to stop the time to 10.16 to automatically qualify for the Rio Olympics in Brazil in August.

He said he was happy with his performance tonight.

TABAKAUCORO: “Basically tonight the conditions were perfect and and for me it’s just trying to get through the runs and finals safely and I have good competition coming from Palau and Australia as well so when I meet them tomorrow that is where I am going to be giving my best so today was just about getting through and getting through safely.

He said tonight’s competition was quite tough for him.

TABAKAUCORO: “Lesley is a very is a very experience athlete and he is the one that I am battling with for that wild card and I have promised myself right from the beginning that my athletics career I have earned everything. It is pretty good on what I did here today and I was expecting a 10.8 or a 10.7 but coming through 10.6 isn’t that easy I am pretty happy.

Meanwhile in the women’s division, Fiji’s Makereta Naulu came first in her heat clocking a time of 11.90 seconds, Younis Bese was second with a time of 12.21 seconds and Sisilia Seavula came fourth in her heat clocking 12.27 seconds.

Papua New Guinea’s Toea Wisil had the fastest time of 11.74 seconds.

Makareta Naulu and Younis Bese batteling it at today's 100 meter event (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Makareta Naulu and Younis Bese battling it out during the 100-meter event. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

Naulu said she was excited with her performance.

NAULU: “I am just excited for tomorrow and I think the way the result came out tonight beating Younis was a surprise for me.”

Meanwhile, the finals will be held tomorrow.

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