Manoa Targets Ironman Competition

Fiji Triathlon and Cycling champion Petero Manoa is aiming to become the first Fijian to compete in the prestigious Ironman competition.

Targeting the Ironman New Zealand Triathlon in Lake Taupo next year in March, Manoa feels he is ready to take on the task and stamp his mark on the international stage.

"I am looking forward to doing the Ironman competition and if I do take part, I will be the first Fijian to take part in such a competition," Manoa said.

"There are some competitions that require a selection criteria and some that do not, so I am aiming for the one without a selection criteria to see how I do against other competition outside of Fiji.

"I want to be Fiji's first Ironman, I have been preparing myself for a long time, I have cycled around the island of Viti Levu every month which is almost 500 kilometres in two days and I have been doing three to five kilometres of swimming.

"The Ironman competition will feature 3km of swimming, 190km of cycling and a full marathon which is exciting.

"I feel that I have the guts and the fintness to do it and I am not getting any younger so I want to try this out and leave a legacy behind."

The 32-year-old from Nakavika, Macuata has been cycling for five years and competing in various triathlon events feels that he is ready to take the next step in his sporting career.

Winning the men's cycling division during the Fiji Games early this morning, Manoa said though the sport requires a lot of hard work, it is something different compared to the usual sports like rugby and football which is usually played in the country.

"I have been cycling for the last five years now, I was inspired by experts and watching it on television and that is how I got into it," he said.

"I find it really interesting so I do triathlon which I have enjoyed so much over the years. It is really great to win a medal in the Fiji Games, it was tough and the weather was really humid but I am glad that I managed to make it through.

"Taking up cycling is not easy, it involves a lot of hard work and hours or physical and mental preparation.
"The Fiji Games is a good preparation plaform for the Pacific Nations Triathlon Championship which will be held in Nadi this month where a lot of Pacific island countries will be taking part so I am looking forward to that and also the Tour of Fiji.

"This will be a good build up for the upcoming competitions and I am really looking forward to smoke down some competition from other countries."


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