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Fiji have high hopes at the Rio Olympics

Former Jasper sprinter, Alesi Finau has set herself up for a surprise wildcard entry to the Rio Olympics.  According to ABC News, she clocked 12.33 seconds in the open women’s 100-metre final at the Fiji National Championships. It puts her on-track to win one of two wildcard entries for the Rio Olympics, should no-one qualify on […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

March 30, 2016 1:50 pm

Former Jasper sprinter, Alesi Finau has set herself up for a surprise wildcard entry to the Rio Olympics.  According to ABC News, she clocked 12.33 seconds in the open women’s 100-metre final at the Fiji National Championships.

It puts her on-track to win one of two wildcard entries for the Rio Olympics, should no-one qualify on merit.

Fiji Athletics Association senior official Joseph Rodan Junior said Finau was repeating past form and was pushing underperforming sprint elders – Younis Bese and Sisilia Sevula – for the prized spot.

Alesi Finau at the coke games in 2013.
Alesi Finau at the coke games in 2013.

Rodan said the times from Bese and Sevula from meets in the United States were not as fast as when they were performing in Fiji.

We’re not very impressed with their current performance – unless they can do a better time than Alesi, then they will be considered but right now, Alesi with the electronic time that we have for her on Saturday really puts her in the forefront for the wildcard.

Rodan said spots would be open for another six weeks with the Micronesian Games in Fiji their last opportunity to record a good time before the team is finalised on July 7, one month before the Games start.

A total of 80 athletes and officials are due to travel to Rio.

This is probably one of our most successful teams that we will ever take because  we have high hopes our Sevens team will win a medal.Our ladies Sevens team is currently in the top seven; sprinter Banuve Tabakaucoro, I would say is in the top 20; we have a high jumper in the Paralympic Iliesa Delana who’s currently in the top eight; and we’re hoping that some of our athletes will come in the top 20.Everybody’s very excited about the Sevens – they stand a very good chance and we hope that they continue with their performances and that they win us a medal and that they win us a gold medal.

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