August 09, 2012
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Copeland misses to end Fiji Olympics bid

By Sunil Sharma    

Leslie Copeland, one of the Fiji’s hopes at the London Olympic Games finished in 13th position in the men’s Javelin and missed out on a spot in the finals to bring down the curtain to Team Fiji’s participation in the Games.

Copeland threw the javelin 80.19metres in the qualifying round today, but it wasn’t enough to earn him a spot in Sunday’s final.

“Thank you everyone for the prayers and support,” he posted on his facebook page shortly after his near-miss.

“I fell short of the finals today. It was an amazing experience. I would really love to carry our national colours into the finals but hopefully next time around I can make my country proud. Once again, vinaka vakalevu and wish you all a pleasant day.”
Copeland’s qualifying throw was also short of his 80.45m national record which he set at the 2011 World Universiade Games in China.

Copeland was accompanied to London by his coach, James Goulding and his section manager, Roy Ravana.

Team Fiji officials and athletes who are still in London will stay on for the completion of the Games and will return to the country next week.

Swimmers Paul Elaisa and Matelita Buadromo returned to Fiji on Monday.


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