Swimming

Ryan Pini eyes gold in Rio Olympics

Papua New Guinea’s Ryan Pini aims to achieve a gold medal at the Rio Olympics in August. The pacific champion swimmer after winning silver in the 50 meters butterfly yesterday said the 2016 Oceania Swimming Championships is part of his preparation towards the Rio Olympics. PINI: “The race was good it felt much better than […]

Luke Nacei

June 22, 2016 9:03 am

Papua New Guinea’s Ryan Pini aims to achieve a gold medal at the Rio Olympics in August.

Pacific champion swimmer and three time olympic gold medalist Ryan Pini. (Allison Penjueli/Newswire)
Pacific champion swimmer and three-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Pini during an interview at the Oceania Swimming Champions last night. (Allison Penjueli/Newswire)

The pacific champion swimmer after winning silver in the 50 meters butterfly yesterday said the 2016 Oceania Swimming Championships is part of his preparation towards the Rio Olympics.

PINI: “The race was good it felt much better than this morning and I am just finding my group and I am in the middle for preparation to the Olympics. Preparation for Olympics is coming along well so this meet for me is about putting down some good time that I feel comfortable with but like I said I am still in the middle of preparation and I cannot expect anything too much.”

This year will be the sixth year Pini is competing in the Oceania Swimming Championships.

PINI: “This is my sixth one its great to have laid out this competition well before the Olympics and it is really good to come out and have some competition. This is the last big competition before the Olympics.”

Pini said competing against Australian Swimmer Cameron Jones and the local swimmers was a good experience.

PINI: “I have been competing with Jones for a long time now in Australia. It is good too see the young ones competing in the international competitionĀ as well.”

Meanwhile, Pini is hoping to get better times out in the next few days of competition. Australia swimmer Cameron Jones won gold in the 50 meters butterfly with a time of 24.27 seconds.

Australia swimmer Cameron Jones won gold in the 50 meters butterfly with a time of 24.27 seconds.

The week-long event ends on Saturday.

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