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Meli Malani hopes for the best in Oceania Swimming Championships

National swimmer Meli Malani vows to do his best in the remaining days of the Oceania Swimming Championships which is currently underway at the Damodar City Aquatic Center in Suva. Malani came fifth in the men’s 50 meters butterfly clocking a time of 25.35 and says there is still room for improvements. MALANI: “I hardly […]

Luke Nacei

June 22, 2016 9:20 am

National swimmer Meli Malani vows to do his best in the remaining days of the Oceania Swimming Championships which is currently underway at the Damodar City Aquatic Center in Suva.

National Swimmer Meli Malani. (Allison Penjueli/Newswire)
National Swimmer Meli Malani after a swim last night. (Allison Penjueli/Newswire)

Malani came fifth in the men’s 50 meters butterfly clocking a time of 25.35 and says there is still room for improvements.

MALANI: “I hardly do any butterfly training back in the states but for me that was just like a for fun race but I took it in a serious way. Dive was a little bit off but the race was really good.”

The Ra native swam alongside Pacific champion swimmer Ryan Pini and Australian Swimmer Cameron Jones who won the gold medal in the men’s 50 meters butterfly event.

MALANI: “I am honored to swim against the two tops guys. Its just good to have them here and let the people of Fiji watch them do their thing.”

The 19-year-old said the Oceania Swimming Championship is a good buildup towards the Rio Olympics.

MALANI: “The Olympics is not going to be easy and you can see the Oceania games itself is very hard and that is what we do and why we train for.”

Meanwhile, Matelita Buadromo missed out the 200 meters freestyle gold yesterday and was emotional with her swim finishing fifth.

Buadromo was gunning for a time of 2.03.13 seconds, however, she managed to finish the race in 2.0.07s but managed to get her personal best of 2.05.05 seconds.

Malani will need to swim a time of 22.27 seconds in the A swimming or 23.05 seconds in B while Buadromo needs a time of 1.58.96 seconds in A or 2.03.13 seconds in B.

The Oceania Swimming Championships continues at the Damodar City National Aquatic Center.

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