Athletics

Tabakaucoro confident for Olympic spot

Pacific Sprint King Banuve Tabakaucoro wants to qualify for Rio Olympics by right and not by wild card entry in the heats this afternoon. In an interview with ABC News, Tabakaucoro said that he is confident of his chances as he takes on the tracks at the Melanesian championship at the ANZ Stadium this afternoon. […]

Luke Nacei

July 7, 2016 4:13 pm

Pacific Sprint King Banuve Tabakaucoro wants to qualify for Rio Olympics by right and not by wild card entry in the heats this afternoon.

Pacific sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro. (ABC)
Pacific sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro. (ABC)

In an interview with ABC News, Tabakaucoro said that he is confident of his chances as he takes on the tracks at the Melanesian championship at the ANZ Stadium this afternoon.

Tabakaucoro said if he does not hit the time he will not participate in Rio.

TABAKAUCORO: “If I don’t hit the time then I wont take the wild card and in the next Olympics if I am still around then I will work towards that. I am just going to try and break that barrier where athletes take up wild card to get to the Olympics and to other big meets as well.

He said it is more of mental preparation over the normal physical preparation that every athlete does.

TABAKAUCORO: “If I don’t get it this weekend than that’s it for me but I am pretty confident about my chances. It is not so much of physical preparation now is more of mental preparation.”

Tabakaucoro’s personal best in the 100 meters is 10.22 seconds and 20.53 seconds in the 200 meters, however, Tabakaucoro will have to drop his time to 10.16 seconds and 20.50 seconds.

TABAKAUCORO: “I will just concentrate on finishing strong and this week I should be able to get this time down as this is the opportunity to qualify for Olympics.”

Meanwhile, the 100 meters hits will be at 6pm at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

13 nations and more than 700 athletes and officials will be participating as they aim to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

The Melanesian Games will end on Saturday.

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