Newly  crowned 2017 Munro Leys Suva Challenge winner and Fiji number one ranked 5000m runner Avikash Lal is setting his sights on competing and winning the upcoming Oceania championship later this year.

Lal ran an impressive time of 1:22:20 despite just arriving into the country last Thursday morning without ample time to recover from a 26-hour flight from Africa.

“The next focus is the Oceania games it will be in Suva where I will be focusing on the 10km and 5km race and after that I will be concentrating on the World Championship in London,” Lal said.

Prior to competing in the Munro Leys event, Lal had previously competed with some of the World’s top marathon runners in Africa earlier this month which he said was a good learning experience for him.

“I cannot explain my experience in Africa, I learned a lot of things from the world top athletes. Some of them I watched winning Olympic gold and to be standing beside them and to be in the same race with them was truly something that I cannot explain.”

Avikash Lal crossing the finish line to claim the mini marathon along Ratu Cakobau Road in Suva yeasterday. Photo: Kelvin Anthony

Avikash Lal crossing the finish line to claim the mini marathon along Ratu Cakobau Road in Suva yeasterday. Photo: Kelvin Anthony

Then he added he took a lot of positives from his performance in Africa and he would be trying to secure sponsors from stakeholders and business houses so that he could travel back to Africa and train there.

He said training in Africa’s high altitude conditions and learning from some of the best in the world would really boost his preparation and chances of improving his performances in future competitions..

Newly crowned 2017 Munro Leys Suva Challenge winner and Fiji number one ranked 5000m runner Avikash Lal is setting his sights on competing and winning the upcoming Oceania championship later this year.

Newly crowned 2017 Munro Leys Suva Challenge winner and Fiji number one ranked 5000m runner Avikash Lal is setting his sights on competing and winning the upcoming Oceania championship later this year. Photo: Kelvin Anthony

Originally published in Fiji Times: http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=395189
Peni Komaisavai
Sunday, April 02, 2017