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Pacific's fastest man on track to Glasgow

Pacific's fastest man on track to Glasgow

Updated 9 April 2014, 16:51 AEST

He's not only Fiji's fastest man, he's the fastest in all the Pacific. Banuve Tabakaucoro has two goals for 2014; to make the Commonwealth Games and to break the 10-second barrier in the 100 meter sprint and he's on track for both. 

Fiji's fastest man, Banuve Tabakaucoro, hopes to break the 10-second barrier in the 100 meter sprint and he's pretty well on track. 

The 21 year old also has his sights set on the Glasgow Commonwealth Games after coming 2nd in the 100m sprint at this year's Australian Athletics Championships. 

Fiji is not reknowned for sprinting but Banuve isn't considering a switch to rugby any time soon. "I've told everybody back in Fiji, every Fijian boy knows how to play rugby but not every Fijian boy knows how to run fast. I really enjoy this sport very much and it's taken me places where rugby can never take me", he told Pacific Beat's Richard Ewart.

One of the places athletics has taken him was Moscow, Russia for the 2013 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships. It was at Moscow 2013 where he came across international champions including Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin which Mr Tabakaucoro admits can be a distraction.

"I was star struck. Those are just one of the things I need to learn to get over if I want to compete at my absolute best," he said.

Next up for Tabakaucoro will be the Oceania Championships in Cook Islands, and then the big one in Scotland, and a chance to compete against the world's best. You might want to keep an eye on the 200m, Banuve is pretty good at that too.

 

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Banuve Tabakaucoro, Fiji sprinter

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