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The reigning Pacific sprint king, Banuve Tabakaucoro, has clocked a time of 21.25 seconds in the 200m to qualify for July’s Pacific Games in Samoa.
After the race at the ANZ Stadium in Suva this week, Tabakaucoro said he’s eyeing to hit the qualifying time for the 100m event.
The national 100m and 200m record-holder is making a return to athletics after a rugby injury in 2017 nearly ended his career.
He is aiming for gold in Samoa, although his ultimate objective remains to qualify on merit for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
“The qualifying time was actually 21.4s and I’m happy to have finished the race in 21.25s,” Tabakaucoro said.
“To win a gold medal in the 200m, you would normally have to run under 21.3s. I want to keep dropping my time in the build-up to the Samoa Games.
“I don’t have any specific time I want to run under at the Pacific Games because I just want to run fast.”
The ‘Bau Bullet’ will be defending the two gold medals he won in the 100m and 200m events at the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.
“As for the 100m, I’m confident I’ll qualify for that very soon. We can trial for that at any time until April or so.
“The main goal right now is just to stay healthy and look after myself. I don’t want to be visiting the physiotherapist any time soon.”
The Pacific Games is scheduled for 07-20 July.
SOURCE: FIJI SUN/PACNEWS
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