Last chance for Banuve, Copeland

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Sprinter Banuve Tabakau­coro and javelin thrower Les­lie Copeland have a good chance of qual­i­fy­ing for the Rio Olympics next month. Com­pe­ti­tions man­ager for the Me­lane­sian Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onship An­thony Curry made the com­ment yes­ter­day ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion which starts at the ANZ Sta­dium in Suva on Thurs­day. “We are hope­ful that Tabakau­coro and Copeland would qual­ify from this meet,” Curry said. “Banuve is few sec­onds away from the Olympic Games stan­dard time in the 100 and 200 me­tres.” The Pa­cific Games sprint cham­pion trained at the Ocea­nia Ath­let­ics Cen­tre in Gold Coast last month. “Banuve is look­ing good and we hope that he qual­ify from this event. We are also op­ti­mistic that Copeland would also qual­ify.

“This event is the last of the qual­i­fy­ing events for the Olympics and we ex­pect ath­letes to per­form to their best.”

The Pa­cific Games sprint cham­pion trained at the Ocea­nia Ath­let­ics Cen­tre in Gold Coast last month.

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