Long distance runner Yeshnil Karan registered the second best time ever by any Fijian athlete the 3000m at the Queensland Athletics competition on Saturday.
The 22-year-old Tavua native clocked an impressive 8 minutes 21.57 seconds to improve his previous best by a massive 33 seconds.
This achievement moves him above Davendra Prakash Singh, who won 3 gold medals in 1991 Pacific Games and 3 Gold and one Silver in 1993 Pacific Mini Games.
Karan is now only 8 seconds behind the time of 8 minutes 13.60 seconds, set by legendary Usaia Sotutu, 52 years ago, in Europe.
Meanwhile young Evueli Toia, the 2022 Coca Cola Games Senior Boys 1500m and 3000m champion, from Delakado Village in Sawakasa, Tailevu, improved his time by 30 seconds to clock 9 minutes 00.71 seconds, to move to number eight on the All-time Ranking List.
This was Toia’s first competitive race in Australia, since he arrived for intensive training in early September.
A group of former Striders Athletics Club Legends, some of whose performances the duo are trying to improve upon, together with some of my personal friends, and Suva Marathon Club have funded this phase of their athletic development, through the Team Fiji Lottery fundraising project and contributions.
Toia is being hosted by Jiofiliti and Rosie Tela, the parents of Fijian Drua and Flying Fijians fly-half Teti Tela while former Fiji Athlete and administrator Atma Maharaj and his wife Kush are looking after Yeshnil in Brisbane.
The extended Gold Coast Run Co training group together with Jackson Elliott, Louis McAfee, Connor Latouf and Ben Tacey are also supporting the pair in their training and preparation for the upcoming Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands.