Fiji Athlete Wins First Ever Olympic Games Medal for FIJI

Oceania relay bronze. Photo: XINHUA/SYOGOC-Pool/Liao Yujie

Wednesday 25 August 2010

Lepani Naivalu, who represented Fiji at the Inaugural Singapore Youth Olympic Games in Athletics in the 100m event held last week was selected as Member of the Oceania Boys Medley Relay Team.

Lepani started the relay running the 100m and helped the Oceania Boys Medley Relay Team win a Bronze Medal in a time of 1.52.71 - 0.6sec behind Europe which won the Silver Medal and 1.43sec behind Americas which won the Gold.

The Oceania Team were seeded in lane 6 and were 0.74 secs ahead of Africa who were 4th.

This is an excellent result as only one of the 4 team members was a Gold medalist during
the Games in the 110m Hurdles but ran the 300m leg in the Relay.

This was the first time the four youngsters raced together.

OCEANIA TEAM:    
NAIVALU Lepani    FIJ (100m)  - 7th in 100m Finals 10.79sec PB
RIVAN John        PNG (200m)  - Disqualified in heats (breaking) - ran
brilliant race in 22.12sec PB in winning D Final.  Gold medal time in 200m
21.22 Chinese athlete)
HOUGH Nicholas    AUS (300m)  - Gold Medalist in 110m Hurdles - 13.37 PB
WILLIAMS Raheen   AUS (400m)  - 6th in 400m Finals 52.38sec PB

Photo Source: Youth Olympic Photo Service.




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