January 30, 2012
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Five confirmed for 2012 London Olympics

By Kalesi Mele

Five athletes have qualified to represent team Fiji at the 2012 Olympics in London.

Robert Elder (Archery), Jaseteki Naulu (Judo), Glenn Kable (Shooting) Leslie Copeland (Athletics) and Iliesa Delana (Paralympics) made the cut after meeting the standard qualification target in their respective sports

 Kable won Gold at the Oceania Shooting Centre in December which enabled him to qualify for the games and last weekend snatched the Australian National ISSF trap.

Copeland threw 80.54 metres in the World University games on 17th August, whereby the distance qualified him for a spot in the team and is intending to improve his distances at the Australian Atheletics Circuit.

Elder finished fourth overall in the Oceania Archery Confederation Continental Qualifying tournament which also enabled him a spot in the Fiji team

Judoka Joseteki Naulu, won gold at last years Pacific games in the 81 Kg category and was awarded an Olympic qualification by the International Judo Federation.

Delana,  on the other hand is the first Fiji athelete to qualify for the 2012 Paralympics games and earned himself a spot in the Fiji team when he cleared the bar at 1.73 metres classing him among the best in the world.

The athletes have an Olympic scholarship to aid in their preparation through to the Olympics.


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