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FALL SMASHES NATIONAL SHOT PUT RECORD

National Record holder in the Shot Put, Mustafa Fall, set a new national record last weekend at the Kansas Relays, USA. Fall has become the first Fijian to throw the 7.26kg shot put 17.00m. In just under a year after joining Coffeyville University in the Fall semester of 2018, Mustafa quickly made a name for himself when he broke and set the Fiji national indoor record twice after finally pushing it out to an impressive 16.68m at the 2019 NJCAA Region VI Indoor Championships and it did not end there.

Fall pushed his outdoor national record to 16.21m and continually threatened the 17m barrier until his final breakthrough at the Kansas relays last weekend. In his first round throw, Fall putted to an impressive 16.74m and fouled his 2nd attempt. In his 3rd attempt, he set a new national record of 17.00m which sees him as the top performer in the Pacific this year and will be the one to look out for come the Pacific Games in Samoa.

One could safely say that Fiji has had a drought of competitive shot putters and discus throwers till Musatafa Fall putted his way into the national team claiming a 3rd place finish at the 2015 south pacific games in Papua New Guinea with a throw of 15.78m. At the 2016 Melanesian Athletics Championships, Fall managed to win gold in the shot put and hurled the discus to a new personal best of 50.28m and beat 2016 No. 1 Pacific Ranked Debono of Papua New Guinea.

Fall is definitely one of Fiji’s most talented throwers as he has stamped his mark in the top 10 all-time throwers in Fiji where he sits as No. 1 in the shot put and No. 2 in the discus behind Mesulame Rakuro.

Story By: Athletics Fiji (25/04/2019)

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FIJI GAMES – ROAD TO SAMOA 2019

The 2019 XVI Fiji Games Athletics Program will be held on Saturday the 20th of April as Athletics Fiji look towards bettering their outing from the 2015 Pacific Games and the 2017 Mini Pacific Games.

Medals will be awarded to the top 3 finishes per event in the Open Grade.

The squad’s preparations have been boosted by the return of reigning Pacific Games 100m sprint champion Banuve Tabakaucoro who has clocked 10.52s this season.

Kameli Sauduadua, Petero Veitaqomaki, Heleina Young, Shawntell Lockington, Ana Kaloucava and Eugene Vollmer have also been in top form producing season’s and personal bests throughout the 2018-2019 season.

Also in top form is USA based Mustafa Fall who’s consistently thrown over 16m this year in the shot put. There will also be some High School athletes who will use this year’s Coke Games to try and solidify their place if not push their way into the team.

Athletics Fiji is hoping to see an improvement of performances for the next couple of months as well as looking out for any outstanding performances during the three day Coca Cola Games that begin next week Tuesday (16/04/2019).

Program

 

To enter:

  • Drop off your forms to the Athletics Fiji office at the National Hockey Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva Fiji

Story by: Athletics Fiji (12/0/2019)

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IAAF INTRODUCES NEW DUAL QUALIFICATION PROCESS FOR TOKYO OLYMPICS

The IAAF Council has approved the qualification system and entry standards for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and the timetables for three World Athletics Series events to be held in 2020, at its meeting in Doha today.

In the first session of the two-day meeting, HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani welcomed the IAAF Council to Doha, which will host the IAAF World Athletics Championships from September 27 to October 6 this year.

HE Sheikh Joaan, the president of the Local Organising Committee, emphasised his and the country’s commitment to staging a world-class athletics championship in Doha later this year. He also reiterated the work the Doha 2019 Organising Committee is undertaking to put operational plans in place and prepare for the Asian Athletics Championships in April, which will be a test event for the World Championships

OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION AND ENTRY STANDARDS

Athletes will have more opportunities to achieve the Olympic entry standards under the new system, which extends the qualification window by two months for most events. This will start on 1 May 2019 (instead of 1 July 2019), to include more international competitions such as the IAAF Diamond League, and end on 29 June 2020.

The qualification period for the marathon and 50km race walk will close at the end of May 2020 (instead of 29 June), to give the qualified athletes more time to prepare specifically for the Games.

After extensive consultation with key stakeholders, the Council has decided to introduce a dual qualification system, combining both the entry standards and the new World Ranking System, to determine which athletes are eligible for Olympic selection in 2020.

Under this new qualification process, an athlete can qualify for the 2020 Olympics in one of two ways:

  • Achieve the entry standard within the respective qualification period
  • Qualify by virtue of his/her IAAF World Ranking position in the selected event at the end of the respective qualification period.

The process is designed to achieve about 50 percent of the target numbers for each event through entry standards and the remaining 50 percent through the IAAF world ranking system.

The IAAF consulted with the Competition, Athletes’ and Coaches’ Commissions prior to this decision and will continue working with the Athletes’ Commission, the Athletes Representatives (ARs) and the Member Federations (MFs) to ensure the qualification system is well understood. Workshops will be scheduled with athletes, ARs and MFs during this year.

2020 Olympics Qualifying Standards

 

Story by: IAAF (10/03/2019)

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