Long Distance Runners Our Medal Prospects, Says Coach

Sharon Firisua

Solomon Islands Athletics head coach, James Iroga says that his long distance runners are medal hopefuls bound for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Iroga told RAW SPORTS in an interview that his team are in high spirits to compete.

“It will be very tough compared to the regional level, but we have a great team focus hoping to achieve and perform to the best,” Iroga said.

The athletics team consist of two long distance runners, Sharon Firisua and Patrick Lam.

Both athletes left the country early this week to undergo pre-events training at the Griffith University in Australia.

“For Firisua she has the experience competing in the Olympics which the level is similar to the Commonwealth games.

After her triple gold medal haul in Port Vila last December, Sharon used the Mini Games as preparation for the Commonwealth Games.

“Winning three gold medals in the Pacific Mini Games are always special but I am using it as a stepping stone towards the Commonwealth Games,” Sharon said in a recent interview.

“I am feeling great and hope to represent my country well in Gold Coast come April.

Sprinters Samantha Pio and Kevin Pio also made up the athletics travelling team.

Samantha also holds the national record in 100 metres.

“These athletes are the currents bests, and sending them to represent the country we are confident they will perform expectedly,” Coach Iroga stated.

A total of 14 athletes and 11 officials of the One Team Solomon will leave the country on Sunday 25th.

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