Fiji sending throws star Mereoni Vibose to Perth worlds in October

It's only 4,000 miles from Fiji to Perth.

It’s only a short 4,000-mile hop from Fiji to Perth.

With Perth starting in a month, we’re seeing hometown media celebrating entrants. Fiji will send two, including Mereoni Vibose, who turned 65 in April and holds national open records in the discus (47.76 or 156-8 1/4) and old javelin (53.18 or 174-5 3/4). The other Fijian is M40 steepler Noel Singh. A story in Fiji Times reported that Mereoni “received the news of the competition through an old friend and former Australian javelin champion, Mary Thomas…. Since last year, she has been training at her village in Raiwaqa in Nadroga. She said she had been training using a javelin and a discus, but for shot put she had to resort to getting a rock from the Ruwailevu River which ran beside her village for her training.” She told the paper: “All of the first three events’ equipments I have, but as for the hammer throw I will try it during the competition.” She expects to finish in the top 10. I hope she goes for the gold!

Mereoni Vibose is shown with some of her old awards. She'll seek new ones in October.

Mereoni displays some of her old awards. She’ll seek new ones in October.

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September 22, 2016

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