New record set for Fiji javelin

first_imgCopeland recorded a throw of 81.76m and is on the verge of qualifying for the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil. To qualify automatically, the 27-year-old must record a throw of 83m in the next qualifying event scheduled to be held in Fiji, in July. “I firmly believe that Leslie will qualify for the Olympic Games,” Copeland’s coach James Goulding said in an email. “Leslie competed yesterday (Sunday) and threw 81.76m. It was short by 1.24m of the Olympic qualifications. “Leslie and I would like to thank our sponsor Shop N Save, Athletics Fiji, FASANOC, International Olympic Committee and the Fiji National Sports Commission for all the support that was rendered towards our training stint in Australia,” Goulding said. Kiwi Stuart Farquhar won the AAC javelin final after recording a throw of 83.93m. Australian Hamish Peacock was second with a record of 82.84m. “Leslie is a great testament to the success of lengthy blocks of intensive training and competition. It really works,” said Bob Snow of Oceania Athletics. “A great result for Leslie.” Pacific’s sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro competed in the AAC as well. He finished 6th in the 100m final with a time of 10.5secs. In the semi-final, Tabakaucoro clocked 10.35secs. The Olympics qualifying time is 10.16secs. National team sprinter Sisilia Seavula was also in action during the weekend. Seavula competed at Hastings College, Nebraska in the United States. She recorded a time of 12.30sec in the 100m and 25.77sec in the 200m. Seavula and Alesi Finau of Jasper Williams High School are Fiji’s top female wild card prospects for the Olympics. Finau’s best 100m time is 12.33 seconds.(Fiji’s javelin rep Leslie Copeland. Picture: Zimbio)last_img read more